VICTORIA C. FONTAN
Victoria Christine Fontan is a Member of the HumanDHS Board of Directors, the HumanDHS Global Advisory Board, the HumanDHS Global Core Team, the HumanDHS Research Team, and the HumanDHS Education Team.
She is furthermore the former Co-Editor of the Journal of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies (JHDHS).
Victoria is the Director of Academic Development, and Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at the United Nations-mandated University for Peace in San Jose, Costa Rica.
As a Fellow to the Iraq Project at the CICR
in Columbia University
, Victoria is in charge of developing a permanent Conflict Resolution curriculum in northern Iraqi universities.
Prior to 2005, Victoria was Assistant Professor of Conflict Resolution at Salahaddin University, Erbil, Iraq.
Previously, she was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Peace Studies at Colgate University, NY, where she lectured in conflict resolution and peace studies.
Earlier, Victoria was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Sabanci University, in Turkey.
lectured in the MA Program in Conflict Resolution and Analysis and also conducts research on conflict resolution processes and the politics of communication.
Victoria holds a Ph.D. in Peace and Development Studies.
published various papers on multi-track diplomacy, human trafficking, the public diplomacy of armed groups and the formation of political violence in post-conflict societies.
Central to her
work has been a conceptualisation of post-conflict processes through the study of social, gendered, cultural, economic and political humiliation.
She conducted field research in Lebanon with the Hezbollah, in Bosnia-Herzegovina on human trafficking and organised crime, and in Fallujah (post-Saddam Iraq) with emerging armed groups.
is also involved in gender training for peacekeeping operations, and has lectured to various armed forces on the subject.