Alexander Cromwell

photo: Alexander Cromwell headshot in an office setting
Associate Director, Dean's Scholars and Experiential Learning
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Areas of Expertise

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

Dr. Alexander Cromwell is the Associate Director, Dean’s Scholars and Experiential Learning at the Elliott School. In this role he teaches all of the courses in the Dean’s Scholars sequence as well as short-term abroad courses. His research focuses on peace education in conflict contexts, and he has conducted research on the impact of these programs with Pakistani, Afghan, and Indonesian 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. His recent projects include the Afghanistan-US Cross Cultural Peer Learning Program, a program that paired American and Afghan students for online dialogue, and his work serving 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 also Co-Directed the Indonesia-U.S. Youth Leadership Program, which brought Indonesian high school students to the United States and American high school students to Indonesia for a conflict resolution and leadership education program. He previously taught courses at American University and George Mason University on topics such as youth and conflict, international intervention, peacebuilding and conflict resolution, identity, cross-cultural communication, and project design/evaluation. Additionally, he taught a short-term study abroad capstone practicum focused on project design and capacity building for AU grad students for the past 3 years to Southeast Asia.



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

M.S. Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University

B.A. Psychology, George Mason University


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 2040: Research Methods in International Affairs (Dean's Scholars section)

IAFF 3192: Dean's Scholars Seminar

IAFF 3193: Dean's Scholars Course

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