Dr. Jacqueline Wilson has broad array of international, military, government, and peacebuilding experience. She was a founding partner of Civic Fusion International, an organization focusing on making international peace processes more inclusive in order to attain sustainable, transformative solutions. She served over a decade with the United States Institute of Peace, conducting conflict resolution programs in over 25 countries around the world including Iraq, Afghanistan, Sudan, Yemen, and Colombia.
Her peacebuilding focus has included peace processes and peace agreements, customary mechanisms of mediation and conflict resolution, peacekeeper training, and electoral violence prevention. She has published on topics from the religious landscape in South Sudan to local peace processes, on “twisted legitimacy” and transitional justice.
Wilson retired as a Lieutenant Colonel after serving a 23-year active and reserve military career. She has studied Arabic and lived in Saudi Arabia and Kenya. She worked for the Governor of Maryland and has been a high school teacher and a lobbyist. Wilson earned her doctorate from Georgetown University in 2014 focusing on the traditional restorative justice mechanism of blood money. Her dissertation, “Blood Money in Sudan and Beyond: Restorative Justice or Face-Saving Measure?” is available on ProQuest.