This profile was current as of 2019 when she was part of the on-campus Kellogg community.

Angela J. Lederach is a PhD candidate in anthropology and peace studies at the University of Notre Dame. Her current research focuses on the practices and politics of ‘slow peace’ in Colombia to better understand how longstanding grassroots actors engage, contest, and rework the formal peace accords signed between the government and the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) as implementation unfolds in a particular ethnographic context. In her dissertation, she argues that distinct notions of time, environment, and social relations inform grassroots peacebuilding in Montes de María in ways that complicate the state’s ‘postconflict’ peacebuilding project. Angela has six years of experience working with community-based peacebuilding and restorative justice processes in the Philippines, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Bolivia, the United States, and Guatemala. She is the co-author of When Blood and Bones Cry Out: Journeys Through the Soundscape of Healing and Reconciliation. Angela is a 2018-19 USIP Jennings Randolph Peace Scholar.

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Thematic Interests

My research explores how longstanding grassroots peacebuilding processes in rural, northern Colombia intersect, contest, and rework the formal implementation of the recently signed peace accords between the Colombian government and the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia). My research interests include social movements, nonviolence, peacebuilding, environmental justice, food sovereignty, youth, migration/displacement.

Current Research

My broader research interests include transitional justice, anthropology of violence and peace, youth, intersectionality and gender, environmental justice, and peacebuilding.


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