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About Cheryl Duckworth

Cheryl Lynn Duckworth, Ph.D., is a professor of Conflict Resolution at Nova Southeastern University. She has lived in Zimbabwe and Paraguay, and published and presented globally on her two passions, peace education and peace economics, exploring ways to transform the economic, political, social and psychological root causes of war and violence. In Sept. 2018, she was interviewed by acclaimed journalist Dan Rather on Dan Rather’s America about her research on the teaching of 9/11.  She has also given interviews as an expert for NPR and the New York Times.  Recently she partnered with Broward Co. Public Schools on implementing interfaith dialogs and youth-led peace projects.  She also serves as a Trustee on the Board of the Alliance for International Education.
Selected publications include her book which explores the role of dignity in social movements, Land and Dignity in Paraguay, and an article on her implementation of critical peace education curriculum in a juvenile detention home. A proponent of engaged scholarship, she also co-edited Conflict Resolution and the Scholarship of Engagement: Partnerships Transforming Conflict, which examines how engaged scholarship can enhance the field of conflict resolution.  She published Teaching About Terror: 9/11 and Collective Memory in US Classrooms, which analyzes the narrative today's students are receiving about 9/11, and the implications of this for global peace and conflict.  Most recently she has been writing about challenges with implementing and sustaining peace and human rights education, as well as the role of schools in preventing hate crimes and violent extremism. 
Dr. Duckworth has trained hundreds of students, teachers and community leaders in peace education and conflict resolution both in the US and internationally. Currently she serves as the faculty advisor of NSU's Peace Education Working Group. 
Duckworth teaches Qualitative Research Methods, Foundations of Conflict Resolution, History, Memory and Conflict Resolution, and Peace Education. She is active in the International Studies Association and the Comparative and International Education Society. As a model of engaged scholarship and student-centered curriculum, she also developed a Global Hybrid Course which examined peace education and peace building in Morocco. She blogs at Teach for Peace and you can follow her on Twitter @cherylduckworth.


2021 - Present Professor, Nova Southeastern University Halmos College of Arts and Sciences - Department of Conflict Resolution Studies
July 2015 - Present Associate Professor, Nova Southeastern University Department of Conflict Analysis and Resolution
2015 Consulting Facilitator and Trainer, Austrian Study Center for Peace and Conflict
August 2010 - June 2015 Assistant Professor, Nova Southeastern University Department of Conflict Analysis and Resolution
2009 - 2010 Adjunct Faculty, George Mason University ‐ International Conflict Resolution and Global Affairs
2007 - 2010 Faculty, Northern VA Juvenile Detention Home School
2006 - 2007 Outreach and Public Education Associate, InterAction
2004 - 2005 Program Associate, Center for International Education
2005 Program Associate, George Mason University ‐ Center for Global Studies
2004 Program Coordinator, Episcopalians for Global Research
2004 Program Manager, Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy
2003 - 2004 Research/Teaching Assistant, George Mason University ‐ Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (ICAR)
2003 English Faculty, Northern Virginia Community College
2003 Policy and Outreach Associate, Jubilee USA
1999 - 2002 English Faculty, Virginia Public Schools
1998 - 1999 Volunteer, United States Peace Corps ‐ Zimbabwe, Africa
1997 - 1998 English Faculty, Falls Church High School ‐ Fairfax, Va

Curriculum Vitae

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Professional Service and Affiliations

2019 - Present Trustee, Board of the Alliance for International Education
2016 - Present Editor-in-Chief, Peace and Conflict Studies Journal
Present Member, Department of Conflict Analysis and Resolution Curriculum Committee, NSU
Present Member, Department of Conflict Resolution Studies Ethics Committee, Nova Southeastern University
Present CAHSS Representative, International Affairs Advisory Committee, Nova Southeastern University
2021 Convenor, Inaugural Peace and Conflict Studies Journal Conference
2016 - 2020 Intellectual Conversations Committee Member, College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, NSU
2015 - 2020 Member, Faculty Review and Promotion Committee, CAHSS, NSU
2016 - 2017 Co-chair, Peace Education Special Interest Group, Comparative and International Education Society
2016 Visiting Co-editor, Journal of Contemporary Issues in Education Special Issue
Peer Reviewer, American Educational Research Association Journal
Global Research Team Member, Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies Network
Peer Reviewer, International Feminist Journal of Politics
Member, International Peace Research Association
Peer Reviewer, Journal of Peace Education
Faculty Advisor, NSU Peace and Conflict Resolution Education Working Group
Member, Peace Education Special Interest Group, Comparative and International Education Society
Peer Reviewer, Peace and Change Journal
Member, School of Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty Development Committee, NSU
Editorial Board Member, The Qualitative Report Journal
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Honors and Awards

  • (May 2013) Invited by government of Taiwan (ROC) on intercultural exchange and academic delegation to Taipei, Taiwan
  • (2012) Co-curricular Advisor of the Year, Student Life Achievement Nominee
  • (2012) Co-curricular Advisor of the Year, Student Life Achievement Finalist
  • (2011) Graduate Organization of the Year
  • (2011) SHSS Recognition of Excellence Award
  • Peace Education Working Group Faculty Advisor
  • Student Life Achievement Nominee


  • Peace Education
  • Conflict Resolution for the School and School System
  • Peacebuilding and Peace Education in Morocco
  • Practicum II
  • Practicum I
  • Dissertation Preparation
  • Gender and Conflict
  • History, Memory and Conflict Resolution
  • Qualitative Research Methods II
  • Qualitative Research Methods I
  • Foundations of Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies


2009 Ph.D., International Conflict Resolution, George Mason University
2003 M.A., English Education, George Mason University
1997 B.A., English, Mary Washington College

Contact Information

(954) 262-3018


Monographs and Edited Volumes (3)

Peer Reviewed Articles and Book Chapters (19)