Counter/Action is designed and edited by a core team of academic researchers at the Center for the Study of Gender and Conflict. We solicit and receive submissions from feminists working, writing, and creating in a number of different capacities around the world.
Jessica Smith, Senior Editor
Jessica is a Ph.D. Candidate at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution and Program Assistant for the Center for the Study of Gender and Conflict. Jessica’s research combines an action-research methodology called photovoice, with narrative and ethnographic methods to explore women’s postwar experiences of political subjectivity and their visions for positive social change. Using photography as a resource for self-representation, but also as a tool to communicate with and engage individuals and communities in a process of reflection and meaning making, her work endeavors to create both physical and discursive spaces in which the voices and perspectives of women affected by conflict can be elevated into the public sphere. Currently, Jessica is working with Bosnian women to understand how international policy and programming that seeks to be helpful to women in post-conflict settings could be redesigned to better support women in these spaces.
Lisa McLean, Managing Editor
Lisa is a Ph.D. Candidate at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution and former Dean's Fellow for the Center for the Study of Gender and Conflict. During her Master's degree, Lisa studied the challenges faced by immigrant and refugee women in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and their strategies for community-building in that city. Lisa's current research interests include intersectional feminist theorizing, reproductive justice, incarceration, and gender and migration. Lisa is currently studying women’s practices of activism and resistance in response to the disappearances of thousands of Central American migrants in Mexico.
Dr. Leslie Dwyer, Director
An anthropologist by training (Ph.D., Princeton University), Dr. Dwyer has spent 20 years working in conflict and post-conflict settings in Asia, including Indonesia, the Philippines and Nepal. Her academic expertise focuses on violence, gender, post-conflict social life and transitional justice. Her scholarly research has been supported by grants from Fulbright, the MacArthur Foundation, the H.F. Guggenheim Foundation and the United States Institute of Peace. She has been invited to speak about gender, violence and peace-building globally, including at the World Bank, the MacArthur Foundation, Harvard University, UCLA, Tufts University, Tsinghua University in China, the National University of Singapore, and the University of Sarajevo. She has also served as an expert advisor to international organizations on gender and conflict issues. As a practitioner, she specializes in the design of innovative curricula and trainings and field-based conflict research.