Who We Are
Sarah Stroup, Executive Director, Professor of Political Science
Conflict Transformation and Undergraduate Intellectual Life
The work of conflict transformation across Middlebury is overseen by a team of faculty and staff who administer specific programs and advise on the direction of the grant.
Netta Avineri, TESOL/TFL Associate Professor at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies
Graduate Training and Research in Conflict Transformation
Emily Bartels, Dean, Bread Loaf School of English
Building the Pipeline through Secondary School Training
Sebnem Gumuscu, Associate Professor of Political Science
Conflict Transformation in Undergraduate Life
Brian Lind, Associate Dean for Community Standards
Restorative Practices in Undergraduate Residential Life
External Advisory Board
The CT Collaborative’s leadership is advised by a team of experts in the field.
Naazneen H. Barma
Naazneen H. Barma is the founding Director of the Doug and Mary Scrivner Institute of Public Policy, Scrivner Chair of Public Policy, and Associate Professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. She is author of The Peacebuilding Puzzle: Political Order in Post-Conflict States (2017) and co-editor of The Political Economy Reader (2022). Barma helped found and now co-directs Bridging the Gap, an initiative devoted to enhancing the policy impact of contemporary international affairs scholarship.
Sigal Ben-Porath is a professor of Education at the University of Pennsylvania, where she is an associate member of the philosophy and political science departments. She served as executive committee member of the Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy, and was a fellow in residence (2020-21) at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard. Her books include Making Up Our Mind: What School Choice is Really About (2019), Free Speech on Campus (2017), and Cancel Wars (2023).
David W. Campt
David Wiley Campt, Ph.D., is founder and principal of The Dialogue Company, and is a renowned expert in inclusion and equity, cultural competence, civic engagement, and intergroup dialogue. His books include The Little Book of Dialogue for Difficult Subjects (2007) and Compassion Transforms Contempt (2020). His signature White Ally Toolkit initiative educates anti-racism allies on engaging in transformative discourse about race and other polarizing conversations.
Susan Clark is a writer and educator focusing on community sustainability and citizen participation, and an award-winning radio commentator and former talk-show co-host. She is co-author of Slow Democracy (2012) and of All Those In Favor: Rediscovering the Secrets of Town Meeting and Community (2015). She was awarded the 2010 Vermont Secretary of State’s Enduring Democracy Award and serves as Town Moderator of Middlesex, Vermont.
Peter Dixon is newly appointed Associate Professor of Practice in the MS program in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution at Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies. Dixon is Middlebury Class of 2001.5 and is a board member of Everyday Peace Indicators and Faculty Affiliate at the Possibility Lab at the University of California, Berkeley. He has worked for the United Nations and the International Criminal Court, and has enjoyed research appointments at conflict resolution programs at Brandeis University and George Mason University. His research intersects with the fields of transitional justice, social justice and peacebuilding both abroad and in the United States.
John Paul Lederach
A pioneer in conflict transformation, John Paul Lederach is involved in conciliation work in Colombia, the Philippines, and Nepal, plus countries in East and West Africa. He has helped design and conduct training programs in 25 countries across five continents. Lederach is author of two dozen books and manuals, including The Little Book of Conflict Transformation (2003), The Moral Imagination (2005), and (with Angela Lederach) When Blood and Bones Cry Out (2010).
Jon Owsley is a Managing Partner at L Catterton focused on the growth fund. Prior to joining L Catterton, he was a consultant at The Parthenon Group, a strategy consulting firm based in Boston. At Parthenon, Mr. Owsley worked with private equity portfolio companies to drive revenue growth and profit performance through strategy formulation and operational improvements. Prior to joining The Parthenon Group, Mr. Owsley was a corporate attorney at Hale and Dorr, LLP in Boston, MA. He is a member of the Middlebury Class of 1992.
Nancy Thomas, JD, EdD, is the founding director of the Institute for Democracy & Higher Education (IDHE) at Tufts University’s Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life. IDHE is an applied research center that studies, among other topics, political discourse, free speech, academic freedom, and discussion-based teaching in higher education. She is the author or editor of multiple book chapters and papers, including the monograph, Educating for Deliberative Democracy. She is a senior associate with Everyday Democracy, an advisor to the Generous Listening and Dialogue Center at Tufts University, and a member of the Scholars Strategy Network.