Teri has been an international development activist, scholar and practitioner for the past twenty five years. She comes to Concordia from Istanbul, where she was serving as faculty and coordinator for Sabancı University’s Conflict Analysis and Resolution program, and as a senior fellow for the Istanbul Policy Center. Teri completed her doctoral work from the University of Cape Town in Social Psychology with a focus on collective memory, narrative, and social healing. She has also served as faculty at Arizona State University’s School of Justice and Social Inquiry and as a Fellow for the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict. For twelve years Teri worked in the Western Province of South Africa where she co-founded a grass roots NGO focused on post-TRC community reconciliation and sustainable development. As part of that effort, she partnered with several colleges and universities, developing service/learning opportunities and hosting study abroad programs for hundreds of students. She has also been actively involved with peacebuilding efforts in Northern Ireland through the Corrymeela Peace Center, as well as with inter-faith dialogue efforts in Sarajevo, Bosnia. Teri’s theoretical interests include ethnic and sectarian conflicts; gendered violence; trauma memory and narrative; and approaches to social reconciliation. Her current research projects focus on Global South Development Frameworks; Gender Mainstreaming in Peacebuilding (Turkey); and Ethical Remembering (Northern Ireland).
Associate Professor of International Development & Service Department of International Development and Service College of Theology, Arts, & Sciences
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