Acting Chair and Associate Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies

Reina NeufeldtReina Neufeldt completed a BA at the University of Calgary (1994), her MA at York University, Toronto (1998), and her PhD at the School of International Service at American University, Washington D.C. (2005). In 2007-2008, she was a Visiting Fellow at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame.

Contact:
(519) 885-0220
ext. 24252
reina.neufeldt@uwaterloo.ca
Office: CGUC 2114

As a scholar-practitioner, she has worked with non-governmental organizations on peacebuilding for about fifteen years, including work with Catholic Relief Service as Technical Advisor for Peacebuilding in Southeast Asia and with CARE UK and Mennonite Central Committee on reflective practice. While at CRS, she co-authored “Peacebuilding: A Caritas Training Manual” (2001) and “Reflective Peacebuilding: A Planning, Monitoring and Learning Toolkit” (2007). Neufeldt’s primary research areas include: ethics and peacebuilding, development of civil society, action research and reflective practice in conflict transformation and peacebuilding. Her work has been published in International Peacekeeping, International Negotiation, Nations and Nationalism, Peace and Change, and the Journal of Peacebuilding and Development. See below for a complete list of publications. 

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Education

BA, University of Calgary, 1994
MA, York University, 1998
PhD, School of International Service, American University, 2005

Research areas:

Ethics and peace-building, development of civil society, action research and reflective practice in conflict transformation

Courses taught:

Undergraduate

  • PACS 312 - Quest for Peace in Literature and Film
  • PACS 332 - Ethics of Peace building
  • PACS 401 - Senior Research Seminar

Graduate

  • PACS 601 - Systems of Peace, Order, and Good Governance 

  • PACS 602 - The Practice of Peace 

Selected publications:

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

  • Neufeldt, Reina C. (2011). Interfaith dialogue: assessing theories of change. Peace and Change: A Journal of Peace Research 36(3): 344-372.
  • Neufeldt, Reina C. (2009). Tolerant exclusion: expanding constricted narratives of wartime ethnic and civic nationalism. Nations and Nationalism 15(2): 206-226.
  • Neufeldt, Reina C. (2009). ‘We are aware of our contradictions:’ Russlaender Mennonite narratives of loss and the reconstruction of peoplehood, 1914-1923. Journal of Mennonite Studies 27: 129-154.
  • Fast, Larissa, Neufeldt, Reina & Schirch, Lisa. (2002). Toward ethically grounded conflict interventions: re-evaluating challenges in the 21st century. International Negotiation 7: 185-207.
  • Howard, Peter & Neufeldt, Reina C. (2000). Canada's constructivist foreign policy: building norms for peace. Canadian Foreign Policy 8(1): 11-38.

Journal Articles

  • Neufeldt, Reina C. (2008). Circling and framing peacebuilding projects. New Routes 13(3): 15-18.
  • Fast, Larissa & Neufeldt, Reina C. (2005). Building blocks for peacebuilding impact evaluation. Journal of Peacebuilding and Development 2(2): 24-41.

Thesis and Dissertation

  • Neufeldt, Reina C. (2005). Barn Razing: Change and Continuity in Identity During Conflict. Ph.D. dissertation, American University. (Defended with Distinction)
  • Neufeldt, Reina C. (1998). Assessing the Impact of Pre-Negotiation Training on Negotiation Outcomes. M.A. thesis, York University.

Book Chapters

  • Headley, William, C.S.S.P. & Neufeldt, Reina C. (2010). Catholic Relief Services: Catholic Peacebuilding in Practice. In Schreiter, Robert, Appleby, R. Scott, & Powers, Gerard (Eds) Peacebuilding: Catholic Theology, Ethics and Practice. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Press.
  • Neufeldt, Reina C. (2011). “Frameworkers” and “Circlers” – Exploring Assumptions in Impact Assessment. In Austin, B. Fischer, M. and Giessmann, H. (Eds) Advancing Conflict Transformation: The Berghof Handbood II. Opladen & Farmington Hills, MI: Barbara Budrich Publishers
  • Neufeldt, Reina C. (2007). Just policing and international order: is it possible? In Schlabach, Gerald W. (Ed) Just Policing, Not War: An Alternative Response to World Violence. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press.

Monographs

  • Neufeldt, Reina C. (2007). “Frameworkers” and “Circlers” – Exploring Assumptions in Peace and Conflict Impact Assessment. Berghof Handbook for Conflict Transformation. Berlin: Berghof Research Center for Constructive Conflict Management.
  • Neufeldt, Reina C., Patnaik, Kishor & Capacci Carneal, Christine. (2006). Residential Schools in India: Flashpoints or Bulwarks for Peace and Integral Human Development. Baltimore, MD: Catholic Relief Services.
  • Neufeldt, Reina C., McCann, Sarah & Cilliers, Jaco. (2000). Explicit and Implicit Peacebuilding: Catholic Relief Services in Mindanao, Philippines, and Bosnia-Herzegovina. Cambridge, MA: Collaborative for Development Action.

Selected activities:

Public Presentations

Academic Conference Presentations

  • Neufeldt, Reina C. (2010, February 18). “Laying Foundations: Conflict Analysis as Intervention in Humanitarian Emergency Contexts.” 51st Annual Convention of the International Studies Association, New Orleans, LA.
  • Neufeldt, Reina C. (2009, February 15). Participant in Roundtable in Memory of Cynthia Chataway: Political Psychology and Conflict Resolution. 50th Annual Convention of the International Studies Association, New York, NY.
  • Neufeldt, Reina C. (2008, October 10) “‘We are aware of our contradictions:’ Russlaender Mennonite Narratives of Prosperity and Material Loss 1914-1923.” Presentation at the conference Mennonites and Money: Wealth and Poverty in the Past and Present, University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, MB.
  • Neufeldt, Reina C. (2008, March 26) “Addressing Religion and Identity in Conflict: Assessing the ‘State of the Art’ of Interfaith Dialogue.” Paper presentation at the 49th Annual Convention of the International Studies Association, San Francisco, CA.
  • Neufeldt, Reina C. (2006, March 23). “Frameworkers and Circlers: Exploring the tensions within contending opinions of peacebuilding impact and change.” Paper presentation at the 47th Annual Convention of the International Studies Association, San Diego, CA.
  • Neufeldt, Reina C. (2005, March 4). “Barn Razing: Ethno-religious Identity, Land and Nationalism at the Periphery of the Center.” Paper presentation at the 46th Annual Convention of the International Studies Association, Honolulu, HI.
  • Neufeldt, Reina C. (2005, March 4). “Peacebuilding and Development: Assessing the Strengths and Weaknesses of ‘Integration’.” Paper presentation at the 46th Annual Convention of the International Studies Association, Honolulu, HI.
  • Neufeldt, Reina C. (2003, November 5). “Catholic Relief Services: Aiming for Just Solid Peace.” Presentation at New Paths to Peace: Integrated Approaches to Building Sustainable Peace and Development Conference, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI.
  • Neufeldt, Reina C. (2003, February 26). “In a Box: Constricted Narratives of Nationalism During Wartime.” Paper presentation at the 44th Annual Convention of the International Studies Association, Portland, OR.
  • Neufeldt, Reina C. (2002, March 27). “Strategic and Comprehensive Lenses on Peacebuilding Evaluation.” Paper presentation at the 43nd Annual Convention of the International Studies Association, New Orleans, LA.
  • Neufeldt, Reina C. (2002, March 26). “The Quiet on the Land? Mennonite Identity, Land and Conflict.” Poster presentation at the 43rd Annual Convention of the International Studies Association, New Orleans, LA.
  • Neufeldt, Reina C. (2001, February 24). “Glue and Solvent? Understanding the Relationship Between Identity, Land and Conflict.” Paper presentation at the 42nd Annual Convention of the International Studies Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Howard, Peter and Neufeldt, Reina. (2000, March 15). “Canada's Constructivist Foreign Policy: Building Norms for Peace.” Paper presentation at the 41st Annual Convention of the International Studies Association, Los Angeles, CA.
  • Neufeldt, Reina (1998, February 6). “Interactive Problem-Solving Workshops: Lessons from an Oral History.” Presentation at the Seventh Annual Symposium on Conflict Resolution, Mediation Centre at Carleton University, Ottawa, ON.
  • Neufeldt, Reina (1997, September 19). “Assessing the Problem-Solving Workshops Through Simulation Studies.” Presentation at the LaMarsh Graduate Student Symposium, York University, Toronto, ON.

Invited Addresses

  • Headley, William and Neufeldt, Reina C. (2008, April 14) “CRS: Catholic Social Teaching and the Practice of Building Peace.” Presentation at the Conference on the Future of Catholic Peacebuilding, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN.
  • Neufeldt, Reina C. (2008, February 18-19). “Learning and Doing: Experiences from ‘the Field.’” Guest speaker for the Life & Peace Institute workshop “Measuring Peace?” Uppsala, Sweden.
  • Neufeldt, Reina C. (2007, November 1). “Interreligious Dialogue and the Politics of Peoplehood.” Speaker Kroc Research Fellows Series, Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame, IN.
  • Neufeldt, Reina C. (2005, November 30). “CRS Proframe for Peacebuilding.” Presentation at the Cordaid Peace Building Workshop, The Hague, Netherlands.
  • Neufeldt, Reina C. (2003, April 9). “Working Across Cultures and Faiths: Perspectives on Peacebuilding.” Presentation at Working Across Cultures and Faiths: Tools for Communication and Conflict Resolution Seminar, United States Institute of Peace, Washington, DC.

Fellowships and awards:

  • 2007 - Visiting Fellow, Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame
  • 2001 - Dissertation Fellowship, American University

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