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Mary Elizabeth King, PhD

Title: Political Scientist, Educator, Acclaimed Author of “History Theory and Nonviolent Action”
Location: Fredericksburg, Virginia, United States

Mary Elizabeth King, PhD, political scientist, educator, and acclaimed author of “History Theory and Nonviolent Action” has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in conflict studies.

With over six decades of experience to her credit, Dr. King has carved out a distinguished career in peace and conflict studies. She has held notable positions such as the former director of the James Lawson Institute and is currently a distinguished Rothermere American Institute fellow at the University of Oxford, roles she has held with distinction since 2006. Her academic contributions span several prestigious institutions, including serving as a professor of peace and conflict studies at the UN-affiliated University for Peace in Costa Rica, where she has influenced numerous students and professionals since 2001. Additionally, she has been a special advisor to former President Jimmy Carter, providing invaluable insights and guidance since 1984. Her extensive career also includes roles such as professor of international politics at St. George’s University in Grenada, advisor to the Government of India, scholar-in-residence at American University, and president of Global Action Inc. Her work has had a global impact, shaping policies and educating future leaders in conflict resolution and international relations.

Dr. King’s commitment to her field is further demonstrated by her involvement with various boards and organizations. She has served on the international editorial board of African-Centered Solutions for Peace and Security, the board of directors of The Albert Einstein Institution, and the board of selectors for the Jefferson Awards at the American Institute for Public Service. Her role as the founder and first president of the National Association of Women Business Owners highlights her dedication to empowering women in business. Additionally, she has been actively involved with AMIDEAST Educational and Testing Service, Wesley Theological Seminary, and the International Commission on Peace and Food, contributing her expertise to these organizations. She has authored numerous influential books and articles, contributed to scholarly journals, and edited volumes on conflict transformation, making her a prominent figure in her field. Her ability to bridge academic theory with practical applications has made her a sought-after speaker and consultant.

In light of her impressive undertakings, Dr. King has been recognized with numerous accolades. She was featured as a Top Professional by the Wall Street Journal and is considered the preeminent scholar on Mohandas K. Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. Her recognition includes an unsolicited research grant from The United States Institute of Peace, highlighting her impactful contributions to peace studies. She has also been honored with an honorary Doctor of Laws from Ohio Wesleyan University, a testament to her influence and achievements in the academic world. Further, she received the James M. Lawson Nonviolent Achievement Award, the El-Hibri Peace Education Prize, and was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame. As long as Dr. King has breath, she will continue to work on fairness and the eradication of all forms of prejudice. She believes that society has the ability to ensure equal opportunities for everyone, and she is committed to advocating for this goal more explicitly.

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