School of Conflict Management, Peacebuilding and Development

Degree Programs / PhD: Current Students

PhD in International Conflict Management

Current INCM Students

The PhD in International Conflict Management (INCM) at Kennesaw State University (KSU) currently has students from around the world, creating a dynamic, yet intimate, educational environment. INCM is a field that currently has few opportunities for advanced training. This PhD program offers several key elements unavailable in most other doctoral programs in this field to top-quality, advanced graduate students. Each doctoral student, after completing the core courses, is given the flexibility to focus their studies in their desired area. The ability to drive their curriculum in the direction of their dissertation and region allows them to further their expertise in their academic discipline.

  • Joyce De-Graft Acquah
    Conflict and its Impact on Livelihoods; Gender and Labor Relations; Transnational, State and Non-state Interventions in Peacebuilding and Conflict Management; the Role of Civil Society in Conflict Management and Peacebuilding
  • Dave Ayers
    Disaster and terrorism, preparedness in rural areas, critical event response and rebuilding, strategic infrastructure design
  • David Kwasi Bansah
    Ghana/West Africa – Good Governance pertaining to Urban and Communal Land Management; Belize/Caribbean – Local Conflict Mediation methods; North American – Sustainable Land Policy and Property Tax Mobilization Mechanisms
  • Autumn Cockrell-Abdullah
    Middle East; Iraqi Kurdistan; Arts and Identity; Cultural Anthropology; Visual Culture
  • Ferdinand Kwaku Danso
    Transitional Justice; Political Violence; Human Security; Ex-combatant Reintegration in West Africa; Humanitarian Intervention; Election-related Violence in Africa
  • Crystal Douglas
    Social Media and Digital Social Identity Development, Social Media and Digital Technology in Extremist Mobilization, Evolution of Digital Conflict and Digital Resistance Movements.
  • Etsegenet Endale
    Transnationalism; Diaspora and Refugee Studies; Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding; Humanitarian Intervention; African Studies; Environmental Peacebuilding; Social Empowerment; Gender Studies
  • Kimberly Fletcher
    sub-Saharan Africa; Latin America; quantitative research; intrastate conflict; human rights enforcement; land reform; sport and peacebuilding
  • Mary Fortson-Harwell
    Conflict-related Trauma; Post-conflict Reintegration; Attitudes towards Peace and Peacebuilding; Refugee Populations; U.S. Service Members and Their Families; Mental Health Care in Post-conflict Reconstruction
  • Bradley S Gardner
    Jamaica; Anglophone Caribbean; Western Africa; South America
  • David Gethings
    Political Philosophy; International Institutions; International Law; Human Rights; Genocide Prevention; Cosmopolitanism; the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) Doctrine; Digital Technology; Social Market Economy; Civic and Political Engagement
  • Elena Gheorghiu
    Work Climates and Dynamics, Immigration, Acculturation and Quality of Life; Globalization and Internationalization of Work Force; Sociological Theory; Research Design; Quantitative and Qualitative Methodology
  • Lon Gibson
    NGOs, Azerbaijan, Civil Society, Islam, Western Society, and Immigration
  • Ziaul Haque
    Conflict Resolution, Conflict Transformation, Regime Resilience, Cultural Dynamics of Conflict, Methodology on Conflict Research, Negotiation of Protracted Conflict, Nonviolent Spoiling, Conflict Education
  • Shea Holland
    Social Media, International Communication, Democratization, Middle East, Arab Spring, Government Communication
  • Bryan Hutcheson
    Burma; Syria; Bhutan & Nepal; Protracted Social Conflict; Social Choice Theory; Cantrill's Hope Theory; Religious History; Refugee Resettlement; the IOM and UNHCR
  • Dlorah Jenkins
    Sub-Saharan Africa; Conflict and Public Health; Global Health Security; Socioeconomic Impact Analysis; Conflict Epidemiology; Environmental Sustainability and Health; Political Economy
  • Nicole Junker
    Conflict Related Sexual Violence; Human Trafficking; Central and Eastern Europe; Trauma; Media and Communications.
  • Kumar Khadka
    Nepal; Developing Countries; Post-conflict Reconstruction; Peacebuilding; Foreign Aid; Ethno-religious Violence; Identity conflicts; Regime Change; Governance; Policy Reforms
  • Kezia Lartey
    Aid and Development, Transnational Migration Issues, Peace building, Peacekeeping, Africa and Gender Studies
  • Melvin Laven
    Anger and Hatred; Atonement; Community Resilience; Ethics of Conflict Resolution; Evil and Conflict; issues of Peace and Social Justice; Philosophy of Conflict Resolution; Philosophy of Nonviolence; Reconciliation; Reintegration; Teaching Peace and Conflict; Theories of Social Liberation; Using Role Plays; Simulations and Socio-dramas as Pedagogical Tools for Conflict Resolution
  • Cynthia LeMay
    Global business and conflict resolution as those two disciplines intersect; mediation and negotiation; deception detection; pre-dispostion for developing post-traumatic stress and efficacy of treatment modalities; the role of social media in conflict
  • Natalia Meneses
    Women’s Role in Armed Conflict, Peacemaking, Indigenous Communities in Armed Conflict, Internally Displaced People
  • Sarah Jia Min
    Cross-cultural Communication; Culture and Conflict; Merger and Acquisition; Consolidation
  • Edwin Njonguo
    Unequal power relations in the international geopolitical system, extremism and counter terrorism strategies, (un)constitutional political power change and the democratic process, intergovernmental and multi-lateral organizations, structural and systemic dispute systems design
  • Audrey Redmond
    International Affairs; Ireland; Northern Ireland; Nationalism; Transatlantic Identity Formation; Political Identity; Women in Politics; Scotland; Catalonia; Independence Referendums; Digital Conflict
  • Margaret Slusher
    Nonviolent resistance as a strategic approach to conflict; the abusive role of women as weapons of war and genocide; and human trafficking
  • Cortney Stewart
    Middle Eastern studies, Identity Negotiation issues among Refugees and host Countries, Sustainable Development and the role of aid
  • Lina Tuschling
    Middle East, Israel, Religion, Ethno-religious Conflicts, Social and Military Identity
  • Amanda Woomer
    Africa; Wildlife Conservation; Evaluation; Cultural Competency; Conflict-Sensitivity; Nonprofit Organizations; Ethnography