Catherine Barnes


Dr. Catherine Barnes is associate professor of strategic peacebuilding and public policy at Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding. She has twenty years’ experience working with various non-governmental organizations in more than 30 countries. Dr. Barnes’ practical engagement in peacebuilding has included:

  • Interactive process design and dialogue facilitation, strategic planning, and collaborative learning, including large-scale conferences and more intimate deliberative dialogue processes;
  • Teaching, training, and coaching in peace processes, conflict transformation, dialogue, problem solving, leadership development. and empowerment for social action;
  • Policy research, policy dialogue, and advocacy on issues connected to war-to-peace transition processes, political negotiation, state building, and civil society roles in peacebuilding;
  • Program and project development and proposal preparation; strategic reviews, and evaluation.

Specializing in learning from war-to-peace transition processes, Dr. Barnes edited Owning the Process: Public Participation in Peacemaking; Powers of Persuasion: Incentives, Sanctions and Conditionality in Peace Processes; and The Politics of Compromise: the Tajikistan Peace Process as part of Conciliation Resources’ Accord series. Dr. Barnes has also published on civil society roles in peacebuilding, issues related to state-building, conflict prevention, genocide, and minority rights, as well as several training manuals on leadership, conflict resolution, negotiation, and advocacy skills. She has been a program associate with Conciliation Resources and served as special advisor to the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC). Dr. Barnes holds a PhD in conflict analysis and resolution from George Mason University.