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Susan Hayward

United States Institute of Peace


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Susan Hayward is a senior advisor for religion and inclusive societies at the U.S. Institute of Peace. Hayward directs the institute’s efforts to advance conflict prevention, resolution, and reconciliation projects engaging the religious sector. Since joining the institute in 2007, her field work has focused on Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Colombia, and Iraq. From 2010 to 2012 she coordinated an initiative exploring the intersection of women, religion, conflict, and peacebuilding in partnership with the Berkley Center and the World Faiths Development Dialogue. She co-edited a book on the topic entitled Women, Religion and Peacebuilding: Illuminating the Unseen (2015). Hayward previously worked with the Academy of Educational Development in Sri Lanka; the Harvard Law School’s Program on Negotiation; and the Carter Center. Hayward studied Buddhism in Nepal and is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. She holds a B.A. and M.A. from Tufts University and M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School.

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