Program Manager, Understanding Violent Conflict (UVC)Phone: (718) 517-3693
BioAaron Pangburn is the Program Manager of the Social Science Research Council’s new Understanding Violent Conflict program. Previously, he served as a program coordinator for SSRC’s Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum’s special projects in Africa, including the Justice and Security Research Programme, DRC Affinity Group, and Accommodation of Justice for Displaced in DRC research consortium. He joined CPPF in January 2013 and also supports CPPF’s Africa programming with the United Nations. His research interests include the mechanisms of conflict management and international peace processes, and he has developed a regional expertise on the Horn and Great Lakes regions of Africa. In recent years, Aaron has completed consultancies for the Center on International Conflict and the World Peace Foundation at Tufts University on peace operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo. As part of his graduate capstone project with the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations, he also coauthored “The Role of Peacekeeping Operations in Electoral Processes,” a systematic look into the support provided by the department’s substantive units in preparation for, during, and after a national vote. He received his Master of International Affairs (MIA) from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), concentrating in international security policy and international conflict resolution, and his BA in political science with minors in both human rights and legal studies from Trinity College (CT). Aaron was born and raised in Vermont but has also lived in Spain and Kenya.