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Borislava Manojlovic, Ph.D.

Borislava Manojlovic, Ph.D.

Director of Research Projects, Adjunct Professor of Conflict Analysis and Resolution

School of Diplomacy and International Relations


Borislava Manojlovic is the Director of Research Projects and an Adjunct Professor at the School of Diplomacy.

Borislava is an expert in conflict analysis and resolution, dealing with the past, education in post-conflict settings and atrocities prevention. She worked on minorities and reconciliation related issues with the United Nations and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in both Croatia and Kosovo for more than seven years. The experience of wars in the Balkans in the 1990s and her desire to understand the roots of violent conflicts have shaped her life trajectory and dedication to conflict prevention and peacemaking. She also serves as the Secretary-Treasurer of the International Association of Genocide Scholars (IAGS) and she is a member of IAGS Executive Board. Before joining the School for Diplomacy and International Relations, she has been the Director of Research with the Genocide Prevention Program at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University.

Her most recent publications are chapter “NGOs as a Vehicle for Collective Action” published in Handbook of Conflict Resolution (2014) co-authored with Andrea Bartoli and Mark Magellan and an article “Dealing with Contentious Past in Croatia: Portrayal of the Collective Traumas of the Second World War in History Textbooks” (2013) published in Eckert Bulletin, Germany. 

She has recently been awarded a Research Fellowship at the Institute of International Relations, the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where she will conduct research and teach mediation practice. 

As a research fellow at the Georg Eckert Institute in Germany, she explored how memory of atrocities and genocide influence relationships among different ethnic groups in the Balkans. 

Borislava also serves as the Associate Editor of the Global Studies Journal.

As the Director of Research at George Mason University's Genocide Prevention Program, she led and implemented numerous research projects that focus on dealing with the past, genocide prevention, forgiveness in governance, conflict management, peacemaking, education in post-conflict contexts, assessment and evaluation of peace programs and plans. 

As the Director of Research Projects at Seton Hall University, Borislava has recently received 3 research grants: two from Fetzer Institute and one from the Basque Government.

PROJECT 1. Learning from Experience – Love and Forgiveness in Government
The aim of this project is to explore the importance of love and forgiveness for the Muslim leaders in the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) member states. By interviewing leaders in a number of different OIC countries, the project allows learning about love and forgiveness for the individual leaders, for their countries and the community at large. This project aims to create a network of high officials who have not only been exposed to, but have also been practicing love and forgiveness in governance. 

PROJECT 2. Learning from Experience – Political Prisoners and Their Insights on Love and Forgiveness
This project aims to examine the connection between imprisonment and prisoners’ perspectives on love and forgiveness. It entails a comprehensive research of existing materials about the cases of leaders who lived through prison experience, which influenced and transformed their views on love and forgiveness, and later informed their governance work strategies. 

PROJECT 3. Evaluation of the Basque Government’s “Plan for Peace and Coexistence”
The Basque Government has recently approved the "Plan for Peace and Coexistence" to reinforce the end of ETA´s violence and suggest ways that would create conditions for sustainable peace. This research project led by Borislava Manojlovic involves a group of independent scholars and practitioners living and operating in the United States that were tasked to provide an external assessment and feedback on the plan.


  • Ph.D., George Mason University
  • M.A., Brandeis University

Academic Distinctions


  • Research Fellowship at the Institute of International Relations, the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2014)
  • Drucie French Cumbie Research Fellowship for outstanding research in the field of conflict analysis and resolution, S-CAR (2008 – 2013)
  • Georg Eckert Research Fellowship for outstanding research awarded by the Georg Eckert Institute, Germany (2012)
  • Graduate Student Research Award, George Mason University (2011, 2012) - Brandeis University Scholarship (2006 - 2008)
  • European Commission grant for Civilian Aspects of Crises Management Training in Rochester, the United Kingdom (2006)

Office Phone
(571) 406-9099


Office Location
Room 101B
McQuaid Hall


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