As an undergraduate studying Peace, War, and Defense at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, I researched arts and peace education and discovered the power of creativity in the classroom. I went on to work as a poet and educator, performing and teaching worldwide, a journalist, focusing on peace and conflict stories, and as Executive Director of a spoken word poetry and peace education non-profit. Eventually, this work led me to begin focusing on using education to address the critical problem of men’s violence against women. Through a fusion of arts and peace education, I co-created and taught a men’s violence prevention programme at UNC Chapel Hill. In recognition of my work, I was awarded a Rotary Peace Fellowship to the University of Bradford, where I received my MA with distinction. At Cambridge, my research seeks to illuminate the dynamics of arts-integrated approaches to men's violence prevention and explores the connections amongst arts-based approaches and the promotion and cultivation of more peaceful masculinities. Ultimately, this work seeks to support both the theorization of peaceful masculinities and contribute to ongoing practitioner efforts to reduce men’s violence against women. I am grateful and honoured to receive the Gates Cambridge Scholarship and I look forward to working with my fellow scholars.
North Carolina State University
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of Bradford