Angela J. Lederach is a PhD candidate in anthropology and peace studies at the University of Notre Dame. Her current research focuses on the practices and politics of ‘slow peace’ in Colombia to better understand how longstanding grassroots actors engage, contest, and rework the formal peace accords signed between the government and the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) as implementation unfolds in a particular ethnographic context. In her dissertation, she argues that distinct notions of time, environment, and social relations inform grassroots peacebuilding in Montes de María in ways that complicate the state’s ‘postconflict’ peacebuilding project. Angela has six years of experience working with community-based peacebuilding and restorative justice processes in the Philippines, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Bolivia, the United States, and Guatemala. She is the co-author of When Blood and Bones Cry Out: Journeys Through the Soundscape of Healing and Reconciliation. Angela is a 2018-19 USIP Jennings Randolph Peace Scholar.
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