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Nancy M. Pratt, PhD(c), MA

I am optimistic that peace and nonviolence advocates are moving from the background to the foreground of transnational diplomacy. However, I’m unwilling to look to the next war with fingers crossed hoping it’s the one that puts nonviolence solutions front and center, or to shift responsibility for peacemaking to the recent crop of war-affronted young activists. I have aged into the generation that causes the world’s problems, and I refuse to shrug off responsibility for what we have wrought. ~ N. Pratt

Nancy Pratt will complete a doctorate in philosophy (Ph.D.) in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in ethical and creative leadership and social justice at Union Institute and University in late 2018. Her dissertation  researches the role of leadership as a tool to better prepare human rights, civilian peacemaking activists and other professionals for work in high-risk, conflict environments. She received her Master of Arts Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Hiram College. Her MA  thesis discussed ethics and responsible training protocols for transnational civilian peacemaking organizations working in unarmed civilian protection. Her Bachelor's Degree is from Case Western Reserve University where she was awarded two Arts & Sciences experiential learning fellowships. One allowed her to spend a summer studying Arabic and poverty in Cairo, Egypt. The other allowed her to study grassroots peacemaking in Israel and the Palestinian West Bank (returning three additional times as an activist). Research and activism has also taken Nancy to Egypt, Jordan and throughout the whole of North Africa and to Northern Ireland.

From 2008-2010, Pratt received training in Community Organizing and Social Justice from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences also at Case Western. In 2010, she received a Certificate in Conflict Analysis from the United States Institute of Peace in Washington D.C. She also served as a delegate to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women 2016-2017, on behalf of The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom.

Pratt is the current Executive Director of Continuing Education at Cleveland State University. From 2001-2018, she worked with Case Western Reserve University in a variety of leadership positions most recently as Executive Director for the Office of Academic Centers & Continuing Legal Education at the law school. 

In addition to teaching (n)Ever a Leader's pro-bono workshops, Nancy Pratt is available for speaking engagements at your organization on topics of ethical creative leadership, leadership development for the NGO; human rights, civilian peacemaking (movements, training, and training the trainer); and grassroots organizing. She also speaks on issues related to women traveling alone, and leadership for the administrative professional.

Nancy Pratt is also an advocate for minority and women political candidates. She volunteers as a freelance writer for a variety of political campaigns supporting those running for office for the first time.


Curriculum Vitae | Nancy M. Pratt, Ph.D.(c), M.A.

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