David J. Smith

Former Senior Manager for Educational Outreach (2005-2012)

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David J. Smith is USIP’s senior manager for educational outreach. Based in the Global Peacebuilding Center, he coordinates educational outreach activities for the center and institute wide. He works closely with educational and professional associations, academic institutions, and public groups to promote Institute objectives. He speaks frequently on a variety of issues including civil society and peacebuilding, international education, and conflict resolution. He joined USIP in 2005.

As a Fulbright Scholar, Smith taught at the University of Tartu (Tartu, Estonia). He also taught at the undergraduate level at Harford Community College, Goucher College, Towson University and Stevenson University, and, currently, at the graduate level at George Mason University. Smith has worked in the fields of domestic and community conflict resolution, and as a practicing attorney. He has lectured on mediator practice in Sweden and India. Smith currently serves on the Rockville, Maryland, Human Rights Commission and has been published in the International Herald Tribune, Baltimore Sun and the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Smith holds a B.A. in political science and urban affairs from American University’s School of Public Affairs, an M.S. from George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution and a J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law.



  • "Starting a Career Building Peace," Career Convergence Magazine, The National Career Development Association (February 2011)
  • “Graduate Education and Professional Practice in International Peace and Conflict.” Co-author. USIP Special Report (August 2010)
  • “Global peace, conflict and security: approaches taken by American community colleges.” Journal of Peace Education 5(1) (March 2008)
  • "Starting a Career Building Peace," Career Convergence MagazineThe National Career Development Association (February 2011)
  • "Lessons in Leadership: Peace Keepers, Colleges as teachers of peace and conflict resolution,” Community College Journal (August/September 2010)
  • “International Conflict Resolution and the Domestic Practitioner,” Resolving Issues (November 2009)
  • "Global peace, conflict and security: approaches taken by American community colleges," Journal of Peace Education, Vol. 5, Issue 1, pgs 63-78 (March 2008).
  • "How Community Colleges Can Work for World Peace," The Chronicle of Higher Education (October 2007).
  • "A Map of Peace and Conflict Studies in U.S. Undergraduate Colleges and Universities," Conflict Resolution Quarterly vol. 25, no. 1 (Fall 2007).
  • Peace and Conflict Resolution Programs at the Undergraduate Level: Fostering the Next Generation of Peacemakers (ACResolution, Spring 2007).
  • "Teaching Conflict Resolution in Estonia," ACResolution (Winter 2005).
  • "Teaching Gandhi in Estonia," Online Journal of Peace and Conflict Resolution (2003).
  • "New Europe, Old Europe," The Baltic Times (November 2003).
  • "Goodbye Russia, Hello Europe," The International Herald Tribune (October 2003).
  • "The Community College in Peace and War," Conflict Management in Higher Education Report (February 2003).



Expert In the News

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December 6, 2010

On November 18, students from the private Montgomery School in Chester Springs, Pa., participated USIP's educational outreach program.

August 9, 2010
Nike Carstarphen, Craig Zelizer, Robert Harris, and David J. Smith


August 9, 2010
This report, requested by the United States Institute of Peace as part of its response to the focus on education and training provided for in the legislation that created it, examines the match between graduate academic programs in international peace and conflict, and the needs of organizations and agencies that hire individuals for conflictfocused work in the field.