Elizabeth Murray is a senior program officer in the Africa Program. She manages USIP’s research and programming in Central African Republic and Sudan, including convening USIP’s Sudan Working Group. She also co-directs USIP’s research on national dialogues.
Elizabeth first joined USIP in 2008 to work on the Institute’s grantmaking in Colombia, and subsequently led the Institute’s grantmaking on the Colombia, the Horn of Africa, Sudan, and South Sudan before assuming her current role. Prior to joining USIP, she managed educational programs at the Kennedy Center and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Costa Rica.
During her tenure at USIP, Elizabeth has authored or co-authored articles, reports, and book chapters on Central African Republic, Honduras, and Uganda, as well as national dialogues. In addition to authoring several USIP publications, she is the co-author with Susan Stigant of the chapter “Building a Common Vision of the State: The Role of National Dialogues,” in The Fabric of Peace in Africa: Looking Beyond the State, edited by Pamela Aall and Chester A. Crocker. She has made media appearances on conflict dynamics in Uganda and Central African Republic.
Elizabeth holds a bachelor’s degree in international politics and Latin American studies from Georgetown University and a master’s degree in conflict analysis and resolution from George Mason University. She is currently pursuing a graduate certificate in international migration studies from Georgetown University.