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Director, Center for International Stabilization and Recovery (CISR)
Year Started at JMU: 1999
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Suzanne Fiederlein, Ph.D., joined CISR in 1999, working in various positions including Associate Director before becoming Interim Director in 2020. Her work at CISR has included a number of mine risk education (MRE), information management, victim assistance, and training projects. As coordinator of management training for CISR, Dr. Fiederlein directs the Senior Managers’ Courses in Explosive Remnants of War and Mine Action, both those conducted at JMU multiple times since 2004 and those implemented on a regional basis (Tajikistan 2014, 2018; Vietnam 2015; Croatia 2017). Among her other varied project work for CISR she has managed the “We Love Life” MRE project in Jordan, worked extensively on efforts to enhance the effectiveness of casualty data collection and management, wrote the Landmine Casualty Data: Best Practices Guidebook (2008), furthered victim assistance activities in Latin America, and conducted program planning and evaluation workshops and studies. Early in her career at CISR she supported the development of the International Mine Action Standards in 1999-2001 and managed the International Mine Action Standards website for ten years. She currently serves on the IMAS Review Board. In addition to project management, Dr. Fiederlein leads many of CISR’s team-based grant writing initiatives. She holds graduate degrees in Latin American Studies (M.A., Univ. of Texas) and Political Science (Ph.D., Univ. of Arizona) and has served on the faculty of James Madison University, Virginia Commonwealth University and Eastern Mennonite University.  Her fields of academic research include refugee policy, international law and organizations, and Latin American politics.

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