Elizabeth Cole is the director of the fellows program at the U.S. Institute of Peace, where she conducts research and analysis on post-conflict reconciliation practices and their impact, including how reconciliation and related concepts can be operationalized, measured and evaluated. She also manages the Jennings Randolph Fellowship Program. Her research has focused on human rights, historical memory and justice following violent conflict or state repression, with a focus on history education and education reform. Prior to joining USIP, she was an assistant director in Asia Society’s Education Division. As senior program officer at the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs, she developed an international research project on long term political reconciliation, which led to a multi-authored volume, Teaching the Violent Past: History Education and Reconciliation (Roman & Littlefield, 2007). In addition she has worked at Columbia University and the National Endowment for Democracy. Cole has lived and worked in China, Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.
Cole holds a doctorate from Yale University, a master’s degree from George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College.