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Andria Kathleen Wisler

Title

Visiting Assistant Professor & Director

Department

Georgetown College
General profile

Phone

+1 202-687-2859

Office hours

By appointment

Bio

Andria Wisler joined Georgetown in Fall 2008 as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Program on Justice and Peace (JUPS) and became Director of the program in January 2011. Andria received her Ph.D. in Comparative and International Education and Philosophy from Columbia University and MA in International Educational Development and Peace Education from Teachers College. Her dissertation is an inquiry into peace knowledge as intellectual heritage and focuses on the development of peace studies in post-Yugoslav higher education. Her international educational development work includes projects in Turkmenistan and Liberia and consultancies with the Open Society Institute, EPES Mandala, and International Displacement Monitoring Center (IDMC). Andria is co-editing a volume on Peace Education Evaluation (Information Age, 2012) and writing an introductory textbook for Peace and Conflict Studies (Routledge, 2013). Her research and teaching are in the fields of peace education, conflict studies, and international educational development, and her principal interest lies in the transformative potential of educational initiatives in post-conflict societies and for girls living in urban poverty.

Andria's commitment to peace studies began as an undergraduate at the University of Notre Dame, and is a continuing thread through her work for social change in various parts of the world, including with farmers in Tanzania, youth in Turkmenistan, and teachers in Israel. After graduating from university, Andria began her vocation within education as a school teacher at an independent school, the Cornelia Connelly Center for Education, which serves low-income girls of the Lower East Side, New York City. She is now on the Board of Directors of that school and served as director of its summer camp programming in upstate New York from 2009-2011. She served as Chair of the Peace Education Special Interest Group of the Comparative and International Education Society (2008-2011). She is an active member of the DC-based Washington Consortium for Comparative and International Education and the Capitol Area Association for Peace Studies (CAAPS).

Andria brings with her to Georgetown diverse undergraduate and graduate teaching experience from the European University Center for Peace Studies (Austria), Manhattan College, the University of Nevada, Reno, and Drexel University. At Georgetown, Andria teaches the introductory course on justice and peace, which offers a community-based learning option, as well as courses in conflict transformation and the senior thesis seminar.

Andria has been involved in many campus initiatives and programs since joining the faculty. In AY 2009-10, she participated in the inaugural group of Doyle Fellows, a campus initiative on inclusion and diversity. For the four months of the Fall 2010 semester, Andria was a faculty-in-residence in Georgetown's Alanya, Turkey study abroad/community living-and-learning program. During the Fall 2011 semester, Andria's JUPS 123 Introduction to Justice and Peace course was designated as a JUHAN course and her JUPS 303 course was part of the Engelhard initiative. During the AY 2011-12, Andria was a Faculty Fellow of the Center for Social Justice (CSJ).

Andria enjoys traveling, playing the piano, and keeping in touch with friends around the world and plans to remain an engaged, politically active person using education for positive social change.

Education

  • Ph.D. (2008) Columbia University, Comparative & International Education, Philosophy
  • Post-graduate studies (2003) European University Center for Peace Studies, Peace Studies & Conflict Transformation
  • M.A. (2002) Teachers College, International Educational Development, Peace Educ
  • B.A. cum laude (1998) University of Notre Dame, English, German, Peace Studies

Languages

  • Bosnian (speak)
  • German (speak)