Elvira-Maria Restrepo

photo: 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
501A Elliott School of International Affairs
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Areas of Expertise

Conflict studies; Criminal Justice;  Peace-building

Elvira Maria Restrepo is Associate Professor of International Studies at GW. She was on the faculty at the University of Miami from 2007-2018. She was a special peace-building advisor to President Santos of Colombia from 2016-17. 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 conflict studies, criminal justice, and peace-building.

Current Research

Online deliberation and online behavior in social networks


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



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

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

Manrique, P. Z. Cao, A. Gabriel, J. Horgan, P. Gill, H. Qi, E. M. Restrepo, D. Johnson, S. Wuchty, C. Song, N. Johnson. Women’s connectivity in extreme networks. Sci. Adv. 2, e1501742 (2016)

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.

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


Member of the Board of Directors of Universidad de los Andes, Bogota, Colombia

Classes Taught

Human Rights, Transitional Justice, Cybercrime, Crime in the Americas