Illana Lancaster is the director of higher education engagement in the civic engagement and scholarship program at USIP. Dr. Lancaster is an educator, trainer and researcher with over 25 years of experience in the field of comparative and international education and training policy and practice.

Dr. Lancaster joined the Institute in 2015 as senior program officer on the curriculum and training design team, where she led several initiatives and programs, including conflict management training for peacekeepers, security sector capacity development, educational institutional capacity development, and participatory action research for peacebuilding.

Prior to joining the Institute, Dr. Lancaster was an assistant professor in the international training and education program at American University. Her areas of specialization include curriculum and training design, professional development of educators and trainers, international education policy, participatory research, and justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion. Dr. Lancaster has a long-standing personal and professional interest in Africa and has been studying, learning, teaching, training and researching on the continent since the early 1990s.

Dr. Lancaster earned a bachelor's in African and African American studies and English literature from the University of Virginia, a master's in secondary education from George Washington University and a doctorate in international education policy from the University of Maryland at College Park. She has published on peacekeeping training, participatory approaches and education policy.

Publications By Illana

Participatory Action Research for Advancing Youth-Led Peacebuilding in Kenya

Participatory Action Research for Advancing Youth-Led Peacebuilding in Kenya

Thursday, October 11, 2018

One-third of today’s generation of youth—those ages ten to twenty-four—live in fragile or conflicted countries and are susceptible to the sway of ideological narratives of violent extremism. Evidence suggests, however, that they also play active and valuable roles as agents of positive and constructive change.

Type: Peaceworks

YouthEducation & TrainingDemocracy & GovernanceViolent Extremism

Conflict Management Training for Peacekeepers (French)

Conflict Management Training for Peacekeepers (French)

Friday, February 23, 2018

Ce rapport examine le rôle de la Formation à la gestion des conflits dans la préparation des soldats de la paix aux missions des Nations Unies/de l’Union africaine, à travers une évaluation du programme de Formation à la gestion des conflits pour les soldats de la paix proposée par l’USIP. L’évaluation s’appuie sur des données collectées au travers de 137 entretiens semi-structurés avec des soldats de la paix formés par l’USIP et rentrés au pays, des membres de la communauté dans les zones où des soldats de la paix ont été déployés en mission, et des formateurs de pré-déploiement. Le rapport étudie les résultats de l’évaluation et propose des recommandations non seulement pour la formation de l’USIP à l’intention des soldats de la paix mais aussi pour élargir la portée des politiques et des pratiques en matière de maintien de la paix.

Type: Special Report

Conflict Analysis & PreventionEducation & Training

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