Dr. Polly O. Walker lectures on the arts as a means of conflict transformation, spring 2018.

Recent Student Research Topics

Sarah Ullom-Minnich ’18 (Structural Conflict & Justice Studies): “Mapping Perspectives of Cultural Work and Conflict in Ecuador: A Bilingual Qualitative Investigation”

Nora Conners ’17 (Conflict Studies & Social Justice): “Improving healthcare: What the patient has to say”

Eleanor Rice ’16 (Community, Conflict, and Change; Spanish): “Returning to Story: Narratives of Community Development”

Stephanie Starr ’16 (International Studies; Peace & Conflict Studies):  “Is Corruption Good or Evil: The Case of Indian Politician Jayalatithaa Jayaram”

Faculty Research and Professional Development

Polly Walker

Dr. Polly O. Walker was appointed director of The Baker Institute in spring 2015. 

Current projects

Dr. Walker is one of four members of the executive committee for IMPACT, a research and design project called Imagining Together: Platform for Arts, Culture and Conflict Transformation, Designing an infrastructure for the field.

An initiative of the Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts at Brandeis University
in collaboration with the Baker Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies, Juniata College, and Maseno University, Kisumu, Kenya, IMPACT is a new initiative to strengthen the field of arts, culture, and conflict transformation.

Recent publications
  • Westoby P. and Walker, P. (2016). “Ritual and Ceremony in Soulful Community Work: In Dialogue with Polly Walker." In Westoby, P. (Ed.) Soul, Community and Social Change: Theorising a Soul Perspective on Community Practice. Surrey, England: Ashgate Publishing.
  • Walker, P. (2015). “Indigenous Paradigm Research,” in Bretherton, D. and Law, S. F. Methodologies in Peace Psychology, Christie, D. series editor, New York: Springer Publications.
  • Brigg, M. and Walker, P. (2015) “Indigenous Approaches to Peace” in Richmond, O. (ed.) Critiques of the Liberal Peace. Palgrave Press. Projected publication date 2015.
  • Walker, P. (2015). “Performance and Social Healing.” in Breaking Cycles of Repetition: A Global Dialogue on Historical Trauma and Memory, Budrich Academic Press, projected publication date 2015.
Lectures and conference presentations
  • Invited participant: “Culture and Conflict Summit,” United States Institute of Peace, Washington, DC, Sept. 10 – 11, 2014.
  • Invited presenter “Creating a New Story: The Creative Transformation of Conflict,” School of International Training, Brattlesboro, Vermont, April 29, 2014
  • Invited speaker at The Playhouse and Holywell Trust in Derry, Ireland, “Creating a New Story: Transforming Conflict through Memorial Ceremonies involving Indigenous and Settler Peoples,” April 2014.
  • Invited presenter “ Critiquing the Hegemony of Western Peace and Conflict Studies” at The Baker Institute, Juniata College, Conference on Re-envisioning Peace Studies, March 2014.
  • Invited speaker, “Acting Together on the World Stage: The Creative Transformation of Conflict,” Engaging the Other: Breaking Intergenerational Cycles of Repetition. University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa. Dec. 5-8, 2012.

Celia Cook-Huffman

Dr. Cook-Huffman was honored with the 21st annual Beachley Award for Distinguished Academic Service in May 2010.

Current projects

The Baker Institute is in the early planning stages of supporting a restorative justice model of dealing with conflict on campus.

Recent publications
  • Cook-Huffman. (2015). “Barbara Deming: Feminism and Nonviolence.” In M. Flaherty, J. Senehi, H. Tuso, T. Matyok, S. Byrne (eds). Gender and Peacebuilding: All Hands Required. Pg. 3-15.

  • Cook-Huffman. “Conflict Transformation as the Core of Strategic Peacebuilding.” in S. Appleby (ed). Strategic Peacebuilding. Under review.

  • Cook-Huffman. (2012). “Christianity and Non Violence.” In Michael Palmer (ed). Companion to Religion and Social Justice. Oxford, UK: Blackwell. pg.607-619.

  • Cook-Huffman, Celia . (2010). “Gender and Conflict.” in Nigel Young (ed.). The Oxford International Encyclopedia of Peace. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Lectures & Conference Presentations
  • “How can conflict transformation be employed more effectively
    in peacebuilding and global governance? Presented at Global Governance & the Future of Strategic Peacebuilding: A Conference in Honor of Robert C. Johansen. The Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. University of Notre Dame. April 19-21, 2012.
  • "Gender and Conflict," Guest Lecture. Shippensburg University. April 7, 2010.
  • "Finding Our Way Through Conflict." Webinar presentation. April 2010.
  • "Resourcefulness in Congregational Conflict." Webinar presentation, March 2010.
  • "Conflict Healthy Congregations." Webinar presentation February, 2010.
  • "Divided Societies and Conflict Resolution: Does Theory Meet Practice?" Conference Panelist, BCA International Student Conference on Divided Societies. Derry/Londonderry, N. Ireland. Nov 12-15, 2009.