Susan Hayward

Professional Lecturer
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Areas of Expertise

religion, violence, and peacebuilding.

Susan Hayward serves as Senior Advisor for Religion and Inclusive Societies at the U.S. Institute of Peace, overseeing the Institute's research and field-world related to the role of religious actors and factors in conflict and peacebuilding. Her field work experience is in Iraq, Colombia, Sri Lanka, and Myanmar. Her research interests include interfaith engagement in the midst of political violence, political Buddhism, and the role of religion in hampering and propelling women’s work for peace and justice.

She has served or currently serves on the selection committee for international awards recognizing religious peacebuilders, including with the Niwano Foundation and the Tanenbaum Center, as an academic advisor for the Transatlantic Policy Network for Religion and Diplomacy, and as a member of the U.S. State Department’s Religion and Foreign Policy civil society working group.



Georgetown University (PhD expected 2020);
Harvard Divinity School, M.Div;
Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, MALD.