Angela Lederach

Anthropology & Peace Studies

Angela Lederach (anthropology & peace studies) earned B.A. degrees in anthropology and peace studies from Notre Dame. After graduating, she was awarded a fellowship to conduct research on community reconciliation efforts, focusing on the reintegration of former combatants in Sierra Leone, which culminated in co-authored book When Blood and Bones Cry Out: Journeys Through the Soundscape of Healing and Reconciliation. Angela has six years of experience working with community-based peacebuilding and restorative justice in the Philippines, Bolivia, the United States, and Guatemala. Angela was named a Mullen Family Fellow for the 2014-15 academic year and is a former Fulbright US-Colombia scholar.

Angela's doctoral research focuses on grassroots peacebuilding in Montes de María, Colombia. Her dissertation offers timely and critical analysis of the dynamic interactions between grassroots peace activists, state bureaucrats, (I)NGO workers, and private sector actors as implementation of the peace accords unfolds in a particular locale. At the intersection of political and environmental anthropology, Angela develops the concept of 'slow peace' to identify the practices that communities use to respond and transform the overlapping violence(s) of social fragmentation, environmental degradation, and armed conflict. She contend s that the distinct notions of time, environment, and social relations that inform everyday peacebuilding in Montes de María complicate the state’s ‘postconflict’ peacebuilding project. With a focus on the anthropology of violence and peace, Angela's broader research research interests include feminist theory, migration and displacement, environmental studies, youth, and social movements. Angela is a 2018-2019 USIP Jennings Randolph Peace Scholar and Notre Dame Presidential Fellow.