Dr. Washington received her Master's degree in International Affairs in the College of Social Sciences at Florida State University and her Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from Nova Southeastern University. Her research interests are diverse, but most of the time she focus on topics related to conflict and cooperation, international and domestic migration, and transnational and domestic security. Dr. Washington's research interests assists in delivering an understanding that refugees, the diaspora, and internally displaced persons are also challengers whom have the capacity in certain political and social environments to organize unrest and promote peace. Her work builds upon the rich and current scholarship of conflict and peace studies - demonstrating that understanding collective action is impractical in the absence of close attention to how memories influence collectives to engage in contentious tactics to re-frame a 'real and/or perceived' grievance from the past in order to reinforce their desired identity.
When teaching about international relations, security studies, conflict and cooperation, and the politics of immigration- she delves into the socio-psychological and sociopolitical processes that occurs within and between groups that promotes collective action and cooperation. Thus, she regularly offer courses that lends attention to the nexus between conflict, power, agency, promotion and protection of human rights, and security. Such as, International Negotiation; Challenges of Refugees and Migrants; Conflict, Security, and Peace Studies; Politics of Development and Underdevelopment; and Strategic Studies and National Security.
Areas of Expertise
Peace and Conflict Studies, International Migration, and Security Studies
B.A., College of Charleston, Political Science M.A., Florida State University, International Affairs Ph. D., Nova Southeastern University, Conflict Analysis, and Resolution