Reina Neufeldt is an Associate Professor in the Peace and Conflict Studies program at Conrad Grebel University College and the University of Waterloo. Her research focuses on questions related to ethics, engagement, conflict transformation and local peacebuilding in settings of deep divisions and inequities.
Dr. Neufeldt’s scholarly work is shaped by her experiences in peacebuilding practice. In the mid-1990s, she worked on policy and advocacy for Mennonite Central Committee in Washington, DC. Between 2000 and 2007, Dr. Neufeldt worked as a Peacebuilding Technical Advisor for Catholic Relief Services, based in Baltimore and Southeast Asia. She co-authored two foundational peacebuilding training resources: “Peacebuilding: A Caritas Training Manual” (2001) and “Reflective Peacebuilding: A Planning, Monitoring and Learning Toolkit” (2007). After transitioning back into academia, Dr. Neufeldt has continued to consult and support team reflection, monitoring and learning to improve peacebuilding. This includes work with Care International (UK), Mercy Corps, and Mennonite Central Committee. She was a Steering Committee member for the US-based Peacebuilding Evaluation Consortium (2013-2018), and is currently a member of the Project Ploughshares Governing Committee (2015-present).
Dr. Neufeldt’s current work focuses on sources of conflict and pursuing transformation closer to home. She is embarking on a project related to understanding Mennonites as “implicated subjects” within Canada’s processes of settler colonization and decolonization. She has also been working with colleagues in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and Waterloo on community-based research as part of peacebuilding.
Dr. Neufeldt holds an MA in Social Psychology from York University, and a PhD in International Relations from American University in Washington, DC. Before coming to Waterloo, she taught at the School of International Service, American University (2008-2012), and was a Visiting Fellow at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame (2007-2008).