Students at UMass Lowell are undertaking a wide variety of research in the field of Peace and Conflict Studies. In their research, they are studying:

  • The causes of genocide in Rwanda from a psychological and sociocultural perspective.
  • The role of peace and protest music in anti-war movements during two periods of war in America: the Vietnam War (1963-1975), and the Afghanistan/Iraq Wars (2001-2011).
  • Coexistence programs that deal with collective narratives in the Israeli-Palestine conflict.
  • The roots of corruption in Haiti.
  • The aftermath of the civil war in Liberia and the role women played in bringing peace.
  • Whether after-school programs in Lowell reduce teen delinquency and violence.
  • Effectiveness of PTSD treatment for returning veterans from the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.

Conference Presentations

The following students presented their research papers (PDF format) at international and national conferences.


  • Oluchi Ogbu, Terrorism and Human Trafficking in West Africa: Boko Haram as a Case Study




Student Thesis

Class of 2014

Class of 2013

Class of 2012