Founding Editor, Peace Science Digest
Executive Director, War Prevention Initiative
Patrick holds a Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from Nova Southeastern University and an M.A. in Human Geography from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, Germany.
He teaches at the Conflict Resolution Program at Portland State University. Following an interdisciplinary approach, his work and research interests encompass war and peace, conflict resolution, peace studies, environmental issues, ethnicity, human rights, nationalism, social justice, Mexico, Latin America, social/peace movements, identity formation, culture and conflict and migration. He studied and worked on those topics while living in Germany, Mexico and the United States.
His writings and research are almost exclusively related to the analysis of war and peace and social injustice and, most often in the form of structural violence and power dynamics with an emphasis on human dignity, solidarity among all peoples, equal participation of all peoples, the role of the governments and the promotion of peace. Patrick seeks to contribute to the growth of the still young peace and conflict studies field.
Patrick is the Vice-President of the International Peace Research Association Foundation and served on the Executive Committee of the Governing Council of the International Peace Research Association (2012-2016). He served on the Coordinating Committee of World Beyond War (2013-2016), he is member of the Advisory Council of the organizations International Cities of Peace and PeaceVoice/PeaceVoiceTV, member of the Board of Directors of the Oregon Peace Institute, member of the Peace and Security Funders Group as well as member of the Peace and Justice Studies Association. He is the founding editor of the Peace Science Digest. In his free time, Patrick enjoys the outdoors and is a committed triathlete. He lives in Hood River, Oregon with his wife and son.
Program Manager, War Prevention Initiative
Contributing Editor, Peace Science Digest
Kelsey Coolidge is a social science researcher and non-profit professional with a specialization in peace and conflict, gender, urbanization, and environmental sustainability. This expertise is crafted from a curiosity to better understand current global challenges in order to create a more just, sustainable, and peaceful future. Kelsey is driven to translate vision into action by employing monitoring and evaluation techniques as well as data-based evidence to help non-profits thrive. She joins the War Prevention Initiative after six years of experience in research, non-profit administration, and strategic communications.
She is published author of multiple reports, op-ed pieces, and discussion papers. Her writing has appeared in the Washington Posts’ The Monkey Cage blog, the Daily Camera, and other organizational blogs. She received her master’s in International Administration from the Korbel School for International Studies at the University of Denver in 2016. Her bachelor’s degree is from the Seton Hall School of Diplomacy at Seton Hall University in 2012. She enjoys testing the upper limits of her phone’s data capacity with photos of her two cats, Biggie and Tupac, as well as soaking in the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest.
Contributing Editor, Peace Science Digest
Molly Wallace is Contributing Editor at the Peace Science Digest and Visiting Scholar in Portland State University’s Conflict Resolution Program. Previously, she taught in the International Affairs and Political Science Programs at the University of New Hampshire and Brown University. Her recent book, Security without Weapons: Rethinking Violence, Nonviolent Action, and Civilian Protection, explores nonviolent alternatives for civilian protection in war zones—and particularly the unarmed civilian peacekeeping work of Nonviolent Peaceforce in Sri Lanka. More broadly, her research and teaching interests include nonviolent action; conflict resolution/transformation; military desertion/defection; peacebuilding and development; transitional justice and reconciliation; humanitarian intervention, civilian protection, and the “Responsibility to Protect” in postcolonial contexts; discursive and psychological conditions enabling political violence; gender and global politics; and international ethics.
Molly earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in Political Science from Brown University and her B.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies from Mount Holyoke College. She served as a volunteer mediator with the Community Mediation Center of Rhode Island and previously worked with non-governmental organizations in the fields of conflict resolution and international affairs in Washington, DC—where she was living and protesting during the first few years of the U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. She is pleased to have the chance now to integrate her academic and antiwar activist commitments through her work with the War Prevention Initiative.
Raised in Oregon but then an East Coaster for a couple decades, Molly is happy to have finally returned with her spouse and daughter to the beautiful Pacific Northwest!
Research Affiliate, Peace Science Digest
Kristin earned her Master’s in International Relations from CSU Chico. She wrote her thesis on the rehabilitation of child soldiers in West Africa. She then spent the next year working in international development while in Chico, CA and had the opportunity to work overseas on a health and sanitation project in Ethiopia.
In 2017 Kristin relocated to Washington, D.C. to work with an organization focusing on youth development and peacebuilding in Liberia. Her work has been guided by a passion for advancing human rights in conflict zones and supporting peacebuilding as well as conflict resolution in African countries. In addition to her work with the War Prevention Initiative, Kristin serves on the Advisory Board of OMPT and works as a researcher for the Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative.