Elvira-Maria Restrepo

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Elvira-Maria Restrepo

Associate Professor of International Studies with a primary appointment in the Honors University Program and secondary in Elliott School of International Affairs

Full-time Faculty


Office Phone: 202-994-5284
1957 E St. NW, Office #501A Washington, D.C. 20052

Elvira Maria Restrepo is Associate Professor of International Studies at GW. She has a Ph.D. in Politics from Oxford University, an LLM from Harvard Law School and a JD from the Universidad de los Andes, Bogota. Her current research and teaching interests cross the disciplinary boundaries of Peacebuilding, Cybercrime and online behavior and deliberation. Between 2016-2017 she spent one year as a special advisor for President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, on peace building. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Universidad de los Andes.

Transitional Justice, Peacebuilding, Online Deliberation and Cybercrime

Permanent Member of the Board of Directors of Universidad de los Andes, Bogota, Colombia and 2022 Nomination by the Elliott School for the Harry Harding Teaching Award.

I am currently writing a book on the Colombian Special Jurisdiction for Peace for Palgrave Macmillan/ Springer Nature.

PhD Oxford University, LLM Harvard Law School, JD Universidad de los Andes

Introduction to Conflict Resolution

(most recent)


Restrepo, E.M. Country Studies: Entry for Colombia in Encyclopedia of Transitional Justice II. S. Lavinia and N. Nedelsky (eds.), Cambridge University Press, 2023, pp.136-143. Online ISBN 9781108678537

Chenou, J.M., y E. M. Restrepo. A Divided Nation: Analysis of the Political Discourse in Social Networks before the Plebiscite on the Peace Agreement with the Farc-EP. Análisis Político, vol. 36, n.º 106, septiembre de 2023, pp. 60-84, https://doi.org/10.15446/anpol.v36n106.111038

Restrepo, E.M. Entry for Colombia in the Second Justice Encyclopedia of Transitional. S. Lavinia and N. Nedelsky (eds.), Cambridge University Press, In press.

Restrepo, E. M. “Perverse Incentives: Extrajudicial Killings in Colombia”. Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, 22(2), 2021, pp. 219-227, ISSN 2471-8831.

Restrepo, E.M. "Colombia: Una doctrina de seguridad obsoleta para la búsqueda de una paz completa". En: Lozano, Alberto y Abelardo Rodríguez, (Eds.). Seguridad y Asuntos Internacionales. Teorías, Dimensiones, Interdisciplinas, Amenazas, Instituciones, Regiones y Política Mundial. Siglo XXI Editores y Asociación Mexicana de Estudios Internacionales (AMEI). Ciudad de México, 2020. ISBN del libro es: 978-607-03-1094-2.

Johnson, N.F., Manrique, P. Zheng, M., Cao, Z., Botero, J., Huang, S., Aden, N.,Song, C., Leady, J., Velasquez,N., Restrepo, N., and Restrepo, E.M. “Emergent Dynamics of extremes in a population driven by common information sources and new social media Algorithms.” Scientific Reports 9 (1), 2019, DOI: 10.1038/s41598-019-48412 w.

Restrepo, E.M. “Online Technology as a Pathway for Citizen Deliberation and Depolarization.” Perspectives on Global Development and Technology in issue 17:3, 2018. DOI: 10.1163/15691497-12341477.

Johnson, N.F., Zheng, M., Vorobyeva, Y., Gabriel, A., Qi, H., Velasquez, N., Manrique, P., Johnson, D., Restrepo, E., Song, C. and Wuchty, S. “New online ecology of adversarial aggregates: ISIS and beyond”. Science, 352(6292), 2016, pp.1459-1463. DOI: 10.1126/science.aaf0675.

Restrepo, E.M. Leaders against all odds: Colombian women as victims of conflict. Palgrave Communications. 2:1614 doi: 10.1057palcomms; 2016.14.