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I am currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Social Sciences and Psychology at Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia. The University of Queensland (UQ) conferred my doctoral degree in Political Science & International Studies on 2 November 2010. Before beginning my PhD, I completed my Masters in International Studies at UQ, which hosts one of six Rotary World Peace Centers. Since then, I have remained actively involved in research in International Studies, with a focus on Peace and Conflict Studies. I have also taught in both graduate and undergraduate courses that examine issues such as: causes and responses to war and violent conflict, international law, the role of the UN, the politics of international humanitarian action, and the role of nonstate actors in world politics. In particular, I have taught in the following courses at UQ: International Peacekeeping, Introduction to Peace and Conflict Analysis, Ethics and Human Rights, Modern Political Ideologies, Gender in International Politics and Development, and Politics and Public Policy. Moreover, I have given guest lectures on research methods, American government, and gender and globalization.
My current research focus is on recognizing and enhancing youth participation in peacebuilding and promoting gender equity in peace processes. My dissertation, The Use of Music in Youth Peacebuilding Projects, takes an interdisciplinary approach using qualitative case comparison to explore the use of music as a tool for engaging young people in peacebuilding. Following a preliminary review of extant theory and secondary literature, I conducted field research in support of two case studies—Australia and Northern Ireland—using participant observation and semi-structured interviews. I emphasize how these peacebuilding processes operate in different cultures and contexts. Within these analyses, the key themes I explore in my dissertation include dialogue, identity, space, and gender. Through these themes I am especially interested in considering the role young people can play in pursuing the UN goal of creating cultures of peace.
Please list the countries and/or regions in which you (or your organization) have direct and significant expertise
USA, Australia, Northern Ireland
What is your current country of residence (or location of your organization)?
What is your current job (and organization) and/or where and what field are you studying?
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia
How many years professional experience do you have ?
What are some of your current areas of research (if any)?
the use of music in youth peacebuilding
If appropriate feel free to list several of your (or your organization's) publications
“Looking Back, Moving Forward: The Role of the International Community in Addressing Conflict-Related Sexual Violence” Journal of Women, Politics & Policy [Forthcoming 2011]
“Music, Youth and Peacebuilding in Northern Ireland.” Global Change, Peace & Security 23(2): xxxx. [Forthcoming June 2011].
“They Drop Beats, Not Bombs: A Brief Discussion of Issues Surrounding the Potential of Music and Dance in Youth Peace-building.” Australian Journal of Peace Studies (2008) 3: 10-28.
“Real Men Kill and a Lady Never Talks Back: Gender Goes to War in Country Music.” International Journal on World Peace December 2007, 24(4): 85-106.
Marlay, Ross and Lesley J. Pruitt. Two articles appear in: Encyclopedia of the Developing World (New
York: Routledge, 2006): “Algeria,” and “Ben Bella, Ahmed.”
Marlay, Ross and Lesley J. Pruitt. "Filipino Muslims and Global Jihad," pp.89-103 in Daniel H. Unger and Clark D. Neher (eds.), Bureaucracy and National Security in Southeast Asia (DeKalb, IL: Northern
Illinois University Center for Southeast Asian Studies, 2006).
Pruitt, Lesley and Allison Rank. 2004. "Challenging Emerging Leaders to Welcome and Work for Change." Bright Ideas Fall 2004: 9-10.
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Hi Lesley, No, I'm not coming to APSA this year, so sorry we won't meet then. I'm speaking at a confernce in Adelaide. What a wonderful, interesting profile you have. Do let me know if you come across to Adelaide - it would be great to meet. best wishes, Lis
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