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Bahá’í Chair for World Peace Staff

hoda-profile-avatarProfessor Hoda Mahmoudi holds the Bahá’í Chair for World Peace at the University of Maryland. Dr. Mahmoudi develops a sound scientific basis for knowledge and strategies that explore the role of social actors and structures in removing obstacles to peace and creating paths to a better world.
For more information about Hoda: Bahá’í Chair for World Peace website.

img_7408xBrandie Reeder Williams is staffer and researcher for the Bahá’í Chair for World Peace. She holds a Master’s of Public Administration from UNC Greensboro, and works to champion issues related to social justice, women’s rights and community development.
For more information about Brandie: Twitter.


Kate Seaman is the Assistant Director to the Bahá’í Chair for World Peace where she supports the research activities of the Chair. Kate is interested in understanding normative changes at the global level and how these changes impact on the creation of peace.

For more information about Kate: Twitter.

_n_Nicole des Bouvrie is a continental philosopher and a visiting scholar during autumn 2016 at the Bahá’í Chair for World Peace. She works as a freelance philosopher all around the world, applying structures of thought to practical problems. She is interested in radical change and feminine thinking.

For more information about Nicole: personal website, Twitter.

UMD Contributors

Margo Shear is the Coordinator for Undergraduate Communications & Recruitment for the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences (BSOS), and the advisor for the BSOS Dean’s Student Advisory Council and the BSOS Ambassador program. Margo is an alumna of University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism, and previously worked as a producer at WUSA9 television. Originally from the Pittsburgh area, Margo currently resides in Washington, DC.

UMD Student Contributors


Samantha Ernst is an undergraduate student studying Public Health Science at the University of Maryland with a minor in Sustainability. She is interested in understanding more about how different environmental factors affect health and plans to attend medical school upon graduation.

Emily Gorey is a freshman studying marketing and studio art at the University of Maryland. She is pleased to take a break from writing satirical articles for the Rival UMD in order to shine light on a topic of such importance. Emily hopes to pursue a career creating advertisements for nonprofit organizations.

img_3242-1Esther Kaufman is an undergraduate student studying Economics at the University of Maryland with a minor in Global Terrorism Studies.  She is interested in the effects of economic policy on issues such as equality, welfare and the radicalization of individuals in society.

Kanta Mendon is currently a junior, undergraduate student pursuing a double degree in Government & Politics and Criminology. Kanta is interested in international development, specifically human trafficking and would like to work in the non-profit sector.

img_9983-1Chika Okusogu is an undergraduate student studying nursing at the University of Maryland, with aspirations to become a nurse practitioner. Chika values all walks of life and seeks to combine his future career goals with his credo of sympathy.

Corinne Paul is a graduate student at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy. She recently completed her B.A. at UMD, where she majored in Government and Politics and did minors in both United States Latina/o Studies and International Development and Conflict Management. She is interested in Haiti, immigration, and international women’s empowerment.

Edwin A. Rodriguez is a senior at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is a Criminology and Criminal Justice major and a U.S. Latina/o Studies minor. His fields of interest include policing, Central American immigration, race and ethnicity, and social inequality. He intends to pursue a PhD in Ethnic Studies.

Julia Thomas is an undergraduate at the University of Maryland. She is studying Psychology with a minor in Law and Society. She is interested in forensic psychology, psychopathology and neurobiology and hopes to continue her education, but doesn’t really know where just yet.

attach11465_20161009_170026Vicky Yu is a curious undergraduate student currently pursuing two degrees in economics and statistics at the University of Maryland. She tries to integrate knowledge from a wide variety of different fields to craft her understanding. Her goal is to encourage people to think critically.