PhD in Sociology

Randall Salm, 2016

Randall Salm

Over the last 20 years, Dr. Randall (Randy) Salm has worked as a sociology and conflict resolution professor, education for peacebuilding specialist, social science researcher, U.S. AID conciliation specialist, juvenile justice trainer and exploitive child labor specialist.  Since 1990 he has led or designed over 100 courses on sociology, conflict resolution and juvenile justice. He has written reports on conflict resolution, peace education, child labor and the civilian population affected by the armed conflict in Syria. From 1995 to 2002 he lived in Colombia, led conflict resolution and human rights training with Colombian universities and wrote a program manual on conflict resolution in schools, La Solución de Conflictos en la Escuela.  Since 2002 he has led juvenile justice training with Fairfax County, Virginia juvenile court; supervised six U.S. Department of Labor exploitative child labor cooperative agreements; and supported numerous social research projects using surveys, in-depth interviews and focus groups.  He has worked on peace education and peacebuilding for UNICEF and World Vision, monitoring and evaluation studies for UNICEF, and a conflict analysis of the education sector in Rakhine State, Myanmar. In 2015 and 2016, he led a research unit on the affected population in Syria in support of the humanitarian response. Randy has a BA in History, MS in Conflict Resolution, MBA and Ph.D. in Sociology with a globalization specialization.  Randy’s dissertation focuses on ethnic identity and conflict for five ethnic groups in Syria.  He is fluent in English and Spanish.

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