Master of Arts in Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation


  • John Ungerleider

    John Ungerleider EdD, University of Massachusetts
    MA, Antioch University
    BA, University of California, Berkeley

    Chair, Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation

    Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management

    John Ungerleider has been teaching about conflict transformation at SIT for more than 20 years—a time span he finds hard to grasp. He has authored articles that address youth, peacebuilding, dialogue, and empowerment programs, music in peace culture, and he edited a book on child labor.

    John started the Youth Peacebuilding and Leadership Programs at SIT in 1990, beginning with the Vermont Governor’s Institute on International Affairs, which brought Soviet and Vermont teens together. This evolved into the Institute on Current Issues and Youth Activism, which over the years has brought together future leaders from such trouble spots as Cyprus, Northern Ireland, the Middle East, Iraq, Rwanda, and Serbia to dialogue about their conflicts. John has lived, taught, and facilitated conflict resolution in Venezuela, Cyprus, Israel, and Spain.
    John founded the Child Labor Education and Action project, or CLEA, which enables Vermont teens to learn about and take action to address the global issue of oppressive child labor. CLEA participants recently wrote and lobbied for state legislation creating a Vermont government sweat-free purchasing policy—it passed.

    John and his wife, Elizabeth, have two teenage sons, Jacob (the musician) and Isaiah (the jock). He recently wrote and performed in Secret of the Seasons, a “co-opera” about global warming. He still plays bass and sings with Buddy Folly and the Experiments—SIT’s own rock-and-roll band—and he can be fanatic about skiing, tennis, and eating or cooking international food.

  • Tatsushi Arai

    Tatsushi Arai PhD, George Mason University
    MA, Monterey Institute of International Studies
    BA, Waseda University, Japan

    Associate Professor, Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation
    Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management

    Dr. Tatsushi (Tats) Arai is a scholar-practitioner of conflict resolution, sustainable development, and cross-cultural communication with seventeen years of international experience. Currently, he is an associate professor of peacebuilding and conflict transformation at SIT Graduate Institute in Vermont and a fellow of the Center for Peacemaking Practice, the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University in Virginia. Previously, Dr. Arai taught international relations at the National University of Rwanda in the aftermath of the 1994 genocide. As a trainer, mediator, and dialogue facilitator, he has designed and facilitated a number of dialogues and workshops on peace and conflict-related issues for political leaders, diplomats, military and peacekeeping professionals, civil society and religious leaders, and representatives of international organizations. Dr. Arai has worked extensively in the United States, the Middle East, the African Great Lakes, South Asia, East Asia, and Southeast Asia, and has conducted field research in Europe.

    Dr. Arai’s scholarship explores the link between theory and practice. His recent publications include “Rebuilding Pakistan in the Aftermath of the Floods: Disaster Relief as Conflict Prevention” in Journal of Peacebuilding and Development (2012), “Development Sensitivity for Reconciliation: Lessons Learned from Rwanda” in Conflict Trends (2012), and “Activating Peace Potential in Youth-Led Civil Society Dialogues Across the Taiwan Strait” in New Paradigms of Peace Research: The Asia-Pacific Context (2013). His book Creativity and Conflict Resolution: Alternative Pathways to Peace (2009, Routledge) examines patterns of group-based creativity based on a comparative analysis of seventeen cases. His most recent publication, Clash of National Identities: China, Japan, and the East China Sea Territorial Dispute (2013, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars), with S. Goto and Z. Wang as co-editors, provides a multi-angled analysis of the security crisis and offers concrete policy proposals.

    Dr. Arai’s current research and applied practice focus on (1) the transformation of existential conflict, (2) the link between sustainable development and conflict transformation, (3) the role of Asian religions, especially Buddhism, in peacemaking, and (4) alternative methods of experiential learning. 

    Dr. Arai is a Japanese citizen and lives in Western Massachusetts with his tri-national family.

    View Dr. Arai's publications and activities for public outreach.

  • Susal Stebbins Collins

    Susal Stebbins Collins MA, SIT Graduate Institute
    BA, St. Louis Conservatory of Music

    Adjunct Faculty
    Conflict Transformation

    Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management

    Susal Stebbins Collins teaches intercultural communication and the arts in SIT's Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management program. She has worked at the nexus of formal and informal education, social change, interculturalism, and the arts for over 20 years. Her previous positions include adjunct instructor at Macalester College; teaching assistant at SIT Graduate Institute; director of Arya Tara School for Buddhist nuns in Kathmandu, Nepal; and grants and publications coordinator for Self-Enhancement, Inc., an inner-city youth development organization in Oregon. Susal has served as board chair and co-founder of several progressive coalitions that advocate and conduct popular education for social and economic justice on the state, national, and international level. In addition to traditional academic subjects and citizen advocacy, her teaching experience includes peer counseling, mindfulness meditation, English as a second language, and wind instruments. Susal's professional and creative work has included music performance, photography, graphic design, writing, and editing.

  • Paula Green

    Paula Green EdD, Boston University
    MA, New York University
    BA, Kean College of New Jersey

    Professor, Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation
    Program Director

    Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management

    Paula Green is a professor of conflict transformation at SIT Graduate Institute, and the founder-director of Conflict Transformation Across Cultures (CONTACT), a graduate certificate program of the SIT Summer Peacebuilding Institute held annually for peacemakers from around the world. CONTACT takes place each year in June on SIT’s Vermont campus and in South Asia in December. Paula joined SIT in 1995 and began the CONTACT program in 1997.

    Paula is also the founder of Karuna Center for Peacebuilding, an NGO based in Amherst, Massachusetts, that focuses on international conflict transformation, inter-communal dialogue, and reconciliation. She has decades of experience as a psychologist, educator, and consultant in peacebuilding in many regions of Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Europe, and in the US. Paula is a winner of the Unsung Heroes of Compassion award, which was presented to her by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in April 2009.

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