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

Recent Student Research Topics

Cruzilious Contreras-Amezcua '23 (Social Work/Social Transformation and Mediative Capacity): "Project CAUSE: Using an Antiracist Ideological Perspective to Examine and Address Disparities."

Sarah Borgardt '22: "Can International Transboundary Water Law Prevent Water Conflict?"

Jules Slater '21 (Communication and Social Advocacy): "A Community's Social Media Response to a Racist Incident: The Case of the Anonymous Email."

Kaitlyn Granger '21 (Conflict Intervention and Analysis): "National Identity-Building in Post-Genocide Rwanda."

Lily Formosa '19: "Mt. Union Farmers' Market: Revitilization of the Market and Integration of Fresh Produce in a Food Desert" and "Senior Thesis: Aftermath of the Genocide of the Tutsi in Rwanda."

Liliane Umuhoza '19: "Creating a Bridge-Building Model Between Trauma and Recovery through Survivors."

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.