Dr. Jacqueline H. Wilson, a conflict resolution trainer/practitioner/scholar, has designed and implemented over a hundred capacity- building workshops, dialogues and assessments in over 25 countries. She has worked with participants ranging from Darfur rebels to peacekeepers, from agricultural extension agents to parliamentarians.


Dr. Wilson worked with the U.S. Institute of Peace for over a decade, developing expertise in traditional conflict resolution mechanisms in the most conflict-affected countries from Sudan to Afghanistan. She also focused on electoral violence prevention, conducting programming in Nigeria, Sudan and Kenya, taught courses at USIP HQ and for congressional staff, and served as an international elections observer in Sudan and Kenya. She has trained African peacekeepers from seven African troop-contributing countries and conducted a training course for UNDPKO for UN country desk officers and DPA staff.


As an active and reserve military officer, she was mobilized after 9/11 to serve as CENTCOM Liaison Officer to the US Embassy in Nairobi. She was the US military representative on the team crafting the Verification and Monitoring Mechanism for the Sudan Comprehensive Peace Agreement. She also served as Reserve Attaché to the US Embassy in Cairo and worked in several counter-terrorism analytical positions including with the Joint Intelligence Task Force-Combatting Terrorism for the Defense Intelligence Agency and as Deputy Chief of the Joint Intelligence Support Element in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. She retired in 2007 at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.


Prior to living overseas for four years, Ms. Wilson served as Special Assistant for the Office of the Governor of Maryland and worked in legislative affairs representing health care and other clients before the Maryland general assembly.


She is a frequent public speaker and has conducted media interviews for Al Jazeera International and Al Jazeera English, Al Hurra, and other media outlets and frequently presents on academic and topical panels. She is a member of the African Studies Association and the International Studies Association.


Jacqueline Wilson earned her doctorate with distinction from Georgetown University in 2014. Her dissertation, Blood Money in Sudan and Beyond: Restorative Justice or Face Saving Measure? focused on customary methods of preventing retaliation. She has also published on transitional justice in the Michigan State Journal of International Law, and is currently completing a chapter on ‘Twisted Legitimacy” for a book to be published by Routledge in 2017.