Areas of Study
Social Networks, Organizations, Social Change/Social Movements, Political Sociology, Peace and Conflict Studies, Middle Eastern Studies
Michelle Sawwan (Peace Studies & Sociology) is a Presidential Fellow. She holds Bachelor's degrees in Arabic Language, Literature and Spanish Language, and an M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies, from the University of Virginia. There she conducted research on how social encounters between members of opposing student organizations on the issue of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict shaped activism within individuals' own partisan groups, and on male social dynamics in Arabic literature on the Lebanese Civil War period. This informed her interests in the impacts of conflict on social and institutional relationships. She is currently researching issues of governance in pluralistic societies, models of governance, and community response, as forms of conflict prevention.