Peace Studies Coordinator
215D Mershon Center
Ph.D. Student, School of Educational Policy and Leadership
M.A. Cultural Studies, School of Educational Policy and Leadership, The Ohio State University (2005)
M.Ed. Educational Foundations, College of Education; University of Cincinnati (2002)
As Peace Studies Coordinator, Julie Clemens is a point person in the search to fill the Peace Studies Chair, and organized with Director Richard Herrmann the Mershon Center’s conference on Peace Matters: A Forum on the Discipline and Practice of Peace and Conflict Studies.
Clemens is also working on her own dissertation, “The Politics of Peace in U.S. Higher Education.” In this project, she argues that although several hundred peace studies programs have been established on U.S. college campuses in the past 60 years, they are not politically, culturally, or institutionally valued, and peace studies curriculum and research remains on the margins of academic scholarship.
Clemens’ study analyzes the current conditions of peace studies scholarship in the fields of international relations and peace studies within U.S. higher education. The qualitative methods of questionnaire, interview, and document analysis are used to investigate the perspectives of the most influential scholars within the two academic fields.
The study has two objectives: to investigate how peace studies scholarship is perceived and valued by scholars in the field of international relations, which has historically served as its primary academic home; and to analyze the conjunctions and disjunctions in the research agendas and assumptions of scholars within the field of peace studies.
Clemens argues that peace studies curriculum and research in U.S. higher education needs to be reconstituted. Toward that end, her study offers a resource for understanding the politics of curriculum and program development within marginalized fields of study in U.S. higher education.