I am a Research Scientist in the Conflict Resolution and Coexistence Program at the Heller School for Social Policy at Brandeis University, where I co-lead the Everyday Justice and Reimagining Safety projects. I use mixed methodologies to study how the everyday experiences of people and organizations during and after conflict enable or limit transformative solutions toward peace and justice.

This site provides an overview of my research, publications, peace & justice work and teaching, including some photography I’ve made along the way. My research addresses issues of measurement, political violence, peacebuilding and transitional justice, both in the United States and abroad. Currently, my work focuses mainly on reparations and truth processes in Colombia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo and on social justice processes in the United States. I am a sociologist by training and work with interdisciplinary teams of political scientists, legal scholars, and peacebuilders, drawing on qualitative methods like focus groups and quantitative methods like population surveys.

I also engage actively in peacebuilding through my scholarship, principally with the peace and research NGO, Everyday Peace Indicators, building off of my work at international organizations like the United Nations and International Criminal Court.

  • Brandeis University // Heller School for Social Policy Management // 415 South Street MS 035 // Waltham, MA 02453 // United States
  • pdixon@brandeis.edu
  • @pedrodixon