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Wanda Wigfall-Williams Asst Professor School of International Service

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(202) 885-2632 (Office)
SIS - School of International Service
SIS - 244
Office: SIS 244
Office Hours - Spring Mon/Thur 5:30-7:00 pm
Appointment and Skype consultations are also available.
Additional Positions at AU
Chair, Intercultural and International Communication MA Program
PhD, MS, Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University, BS, Psychology, Temple University

Languages Spoken
English, Spanish, French
Book Currently Reading
The Confounding Island: Jamaica and the Post Colonial Predicament, Orlando Patterson
Dr. Wanda Wigfall-Williams is the Chair of the Intercultural and International Communication MA Program at American University’s School of International Service. She is an experienced interculturalist, conflict analyst, mitigator and practitioner with a focus on identity-based conflicts and communicating effectively across sectarian, race, ethnicity, class, age and gender differences. Dr. Wigfall-Williams joined the faculty in 2009. Prior to her arrival at American University, she taught at several institutions, including George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, Columbia College, University of Ulster and Queens University in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

As a scholar-practitioner, she has negotiated with paramilitary leaders and militants; facilitated dialogues and focus groups in conflict zones, and worked to develop anti-human trafficking campaigns in Eastern Europe, West Africa, and Asia. Her teaching, research and practice are informed by her desire to give voice to the issues that marginalize and threaten the rights of minorities at risk.

After being the first American and first woman to be awarded the Tip O’Neill Peace Fellowship, Dr. Wigfall-Williams conducted extensive field research examining identity negotiation strategies within the context of mixed-tradition married couples in Northern Ireland, a society that continues to be divided based on religious affiliation and ethno-nationalism. She has expertise in program planning, implementation and evaluation for public sector entities such as the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as numerous private sector clients.
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Spring 2022

  • SIS-711 Topics in Intercltr/Int'l Comm: Global Equity and Inclusion

  • SISU-260 Identity, Race, Gender & Cultr