Melinda Burrell

Melinda Burrell is a democracy and peacebuilding specialist who has spent 25 years working in conflict zones: as an aid worker in Eastern Europe and the Middle East, a staffer on various political campaigns, and as a human rights lobbyist on Capitol Hill. Perhaps not surprisingly, she is now working on a PhD in conflict analysis and resolution.

Ms. Burrell is enjoying using academic lenses to reconsider her previous work monitoring elections in Bosnia, promoting civil society in Egypt, and leading a humanitarian assistance team into Lebanon during the 2006 Israel/Hezbollah war. In particular, she is looking at how recent insights from neuroscience can be applied to the daily work of conflict practitioners. She is a graduate of Amherst College and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

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