Alexander Cromwell

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Associate Director, Dean's Scholars and Experiential Learning
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Areas of Expertise

Peace Education, Encounter Programs, Youth and Peacebuilding, Conflict Resolution, International Education, Project Design & Evaluation

Alexander Cromwell is a Professorial Lecturer and the Associate Director, Dean’s Scholars and Experiential Learning at the Elliott School. In this role, he teaches the three required research methods courses in the Dean’s Scholars sequence and the internship-for-credit professional development pilot course. He also teaches conflict resolution at the graduate and undergraduate level and a short-term abroad course to Southeast Asia.

Cromwell’s research focuses on education in conflict contexts, and he has conducted research on the impact of encounter-based peace education programs with Pakistani, Afghan, Indonesian, and US youth. He has over 10 years of experience with youth programming, and has worked with groups from the Middle East, South and Central Asia, Southeast Asia, Europe, and the United States. For the past few years he has served as a peacebuilding facilitator for Project Common Bond, a camp that works with youth who lost a family member through war, terrorism, or violence. He previously taught courses at American University and George Mason University, where he received his PhD.



Ph.D. Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University


Cromwell, Alexander and Margarita Tadevosyan. 2020. Deconstructing Positionality in Conflict Resolution: Reflections from First-Person Action Research in Pakistan and the South Caucasus. Action Research.

Phillips, Nicole Jene, and Alexander Cromwell. 2020. “Building Bridges in Police-Youth Relations through Experiential Peacebuilding: How Reduced Threat and Increased Humanization Impact Racialized Structural and Direct Violence in Baltimore.” Journal of Peace Education.

Cromwell, Alexander. 2019. “How Peace Education Motivates Youth Peacebuilding: Examples from Pakistan.” International Journal of Educational Development 66 (April): 62-69.

Cromwell, Alexander. 2019. “Cultivating Transformation in Field-Based Courses.” In Conflict Zone, Comfort Zone: Ethics, Pedagogy, and Effecting Change in Field-Based Courses, edited by Agnieszka Paczynska and Susan F. Hirsch, 199-220. Athens: Ohio University Press.

Classes Taught

IAFF 2101: Research Methods in International Affairs (Dean's Scholars section)

IAFF 3172: Conflict and Conflict Resolution

IAFF 3192: Dean's Scholars Workshop

IAFF 3193: Dean's Scholars Seminar

IAFF 3195: Internship-for-Credit Professional Development Pilot

IAFF 6118: Capacity Building for Organizations Serving Migrant Youth in Thailand

IAFF 6171: Introduction to Conflict Resolution