Mary Elizabeth King
is a professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at the University for Peace
.Dr. King was awarded the Jamnalal Bajaj International Award for promotion of Gandhian values outside India in November (2003). Previous winners of the international Bajaj Prize include Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu
of South Africa, Professor Sir Joseph Rotblat
of the United Kingdom, and Professor Johan Galtung
She is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University
. Her Ph.D. in international politics
is from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth
Dr. King is Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at the University for Peace
, which is affiliated with the United Nations
. She is a political scientist with expertise on nonviolent strategic action in acute political conflicts. King has also been a 2004 and 2005 Senior Fellow at the Rothermere American Institute, the University of Oxford
, United Kingdom
, where she has been researching case studies of nonviolent struggle from British colonial records. She is also Distinguished Scholar at the American University
Center for Global Peace, in Washington D.C.
As a young student, she worked alongside the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
(no relation) in the U.S. civil rights movement and was a member of the staff of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee
(SNCC). Her book on that four-year experience, Freedom Song: A Personal Story of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement
(1987), won a Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Book Award.