Jeffrey Helsing is the senior advisor for USIP's Academy in the Applied Conflict Transformation Center. Helsing oversees the content of USIP’s education and training programs as well as curriculum development in the United States and in conflict zones abroad. Helsing has close to two decades of conflict resolution training globally, particularly in the Middle East. For more than eight years, Helsing worked with groups in Israel and the Palestinian Authority training educators, NGO workers, university students and young leaders in developing conflict resolution, nonviolence, human rights, and communication and facilitation skills. He has 20 years of experience as an educator, including teaching at the American University in Cairo, George Washington University, Swarthmore College and the University of Pennsylvania. Helsing has taught a broad range of international relations subjects, including conflict resolution, human rights, comparative foreign policies, American foreign policy and international relations theory. He has written articles on conflicts in the Middle East and co-edited a book on the links between human rights, humanitarian law and peacebuilding as well as written articles and delivered numerous conference papers on the impact of education policies and projects in conflict zones.
Helsing holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Stanford University and a doctorate in political science from Columbia University.