Jennifer Schirmer holds a Ph.D. in Political Anthropology. She conducts research that addresses the mentalités of armed actors on both sides of conflicts--State security forces and non-State insurgents--with firsthand experience in Latin America, South Africa and The Philippines.
She is the recipient of two John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Research and Writing Grants for her research in Argentina and Guatemala. Jennifer also has been awarded a Jennings Randolph Senior Fellowship in the Program of International Peace at the U.S. Institute of Peace, and an Associate Fellowship at the Institute for the Study of the Americas, School of Advanced Study at the University of London.
For the last 14 years, Jennifer has directed an innovative peacebuilding project in Colombia that has constructively engaged a number of sectors in preparatory dialogues (referred to as "Conversatorios" among the armed forces, ex-guerrilleros, parliamentarians, the private sector, and journalists, among others) to a peace agreement. In addition, she has organized seminars on international experiences with ceasefires, disarmament, de-mobilization, reintegration & reconciliation. She was a Carr Center Fellow from 2014 to 2015.