Riva Kantowitz

Visiting Scholar

Dr. Riva Kantowitz’s work focuses on the prevention of conflict and violence, promotion of human rights, transitional justice, community and individual resilience, leadership development and organizational support in fragile and developing environments. Working under both Obama Administrations, she founded and led a team at the U.S. Department of State that provides strategic direction and oversight to a global investment portfolio to promote human rights in conflict-affected countries. Previously, Dr. Kantowitz co-directed the Program in Conflict Transformation at Sabanci University in Istanbul, Turkey. She has worked with local civil society organizations and international institutions, including the United Nations and World Bank, throughout the world and with a particular focus on Latin America, South East Asia and the MENA region. Riva has held an adjunct appointment at George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs and been a faculty member in the Summer Peacebuilding Institute at Eastern Mennonite University and at the Center for Migration and Refugee Studies at the American University in Cairo. She has been a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and held Fulbright-Hays and David L. Boren Scholarships for work in Guatemala. Dr. Kantowitz earned a Ph.D. from Columbia University in Social-Organizational Psychology and International Conflict Resolution (2006).

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