David J. Smith

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David J. Smith is a senior program officer in the U.S. Institute of Peace's Education and Training Center, Domestic Programs, where he focuses on secondary and higher education efforts in promoting peace and conflict studies.[1]


A biographical note states that he "has primary responsibility for U.S. college and university initiatives as well as issues related to youth and violent conflict. Smith coordinates the Institute's programs for community college faculty and secondary social studies teachers. He speaks frequently to community, faculty and student groups on a variety of issues including civil society and peace, child soldiers, conflict resolution, and international education."[1]

"His experience before joining the Institute in 2005 focused extensively on teaching at the college and university level. He has also worked extensively in the fields of domestic and community conflict resolution, and as a practicing attorney. From 1992-2005 he taught legal studies, and peace and conflict studies at Harford Community College. As a Fulbright Scholar in 2003-04, Smith taught peace studies and alternative dispute resolution at the University of Tartu in Tartu, Estonia. He has also taught peace studies at Goucher College, was on the faculties of Towson University and Stevenson University, and has lectured on American mediator practice at Uppsala University in Sweden and the University of Jammu in India," it states.[1]

Smith has published on issues of peace, conflict, and global affairs in the (Baltimore) Sun, International Herald Tribune, Journal of Peace Education, and Conflict Resolution Quarterly. He is also the author of Legal Research and Writing (Delmar/Cengage 1995).[1]

Smith holds a B.A. in political science and urban affairs from American University, an M.S. from the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University, and a J.D. from the University of Baltimore.[1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "David J. Smith: Senior Program Officer, Education and Training Center/Domestic", United States Institute of Peace website, accessed January 2009.

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