Ramzi Kysia began the PhD program at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University in Fall 2015. His research interests include narrative theory, gender, and the relationship between vulnerability and human rights.
Ramzi has worked as a nonviolence trainer and organizer on a number of peace and justice campaigns in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East. He served on the board of directors for the Education for Peace in Iraq Center from 2000-2001, where he helped develop and coordinate national grassroots lobbying efforts to end the Iraq sanctions. From 2001-2003, he served as a delegation leader and press liaison for Voices in the Wilderness in Baghdad, and as co-coordinator of the Iraq Peace Team during the 2003 invasion. Working with Iraqi media activists after the invasion, he headed a project to start and develop Al-Muajaha, a collectively-run, independent newspaper in Baghdad.
In addition to his work on Iraq, Ramzi has worked with the Civil Resistance Campaign in Lebanon to organize humanitarian projects and non-sectarian political actions in opposition of the Israeli invasion and war. From 2008-2010, he served on the board of directors for the Free Gaza Movement, where he helped organize nonviolent sea challenges to the Israeli blockade of Gaza. He was awarded the 2004 Georgetown University Program on Justice and Peace Peacemakers Award for his work in Iraq, and the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee's 2010 Rachel Corrie Award for his work on Palestine.