Jennifer Schirmer

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Jennifer Schirmer "recently received a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Research and Writing Grant in the Program on Global Security and Sustainability for her project : "Protagonists of War: The Insurgents' View. Memories and Justificatory Narratives of the Guatemalan Guerrilla Leaders and Cadre"." [1]

  • Senior Fellow, USIP Jennings Randolph Fellowship Program November 2006-July 2007.

"Jennifer Schirmer is a senior researcher at the Centre for Development and the Environment at the University of Oslo. In 1996–2004, she was a fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, the School of Public Health, a Henry Luce Fellow at Harvard Divinity School, and an associate of the Program on Non-Violent Sanctions and Cultural Survival at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. Focusing on dialogue and peacebuilding, she has worked on developing new approaches to changing attitudes among armed actors about conflict resolution and human rights. Schirmer has had firsthand experience with both armed actors and victims of violence in Guatemala, South Africa, Argentina, Chile, and Colombia.

"She has received grants from the MacArthur Foundation, the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University, Radcliffe College, the Norwegian Foreign Ministry, the Swedish Foreign Ministry, and the U.S. Institute of Peace. Schirmer’s book The Guatemalan Military Project: A Violence Called Democracy won the PIOOM award for best human rights book from the Dutch Interdisciplinary Research Program on Root Causes of Human Rights Violations. She holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis.


  • "Building Dialogue, Building Peace: Conversatorios among the Armed Forces, Civil Society, and Ex-Guerrilleros in Colombia," in Peace Initiatives in Colombia, edited by Virginia Bouvier (USIP Press, forthcoming).
  • "Whose Testimony? Whose Truth? Where are the Armed Actors in the Stoll-Menchú Controversy?" Human Rights Quarterly (Vol. 25, No. 1, 2003).
  • The Guatemalan Military Project: A Violence Called Democracy, (Human Rights Series, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2000). [1]

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  1. Jennifer Schirmer, USIP, accessed December 24, 2007.