About me

Margaret Eastman Smith teaches in the International Peace and Conflict Resolution program at American University’s School of International Service in Washington, D.C.   She is the author of Reckoning with the Past: Teaching History in Northern Ireland. 

She specializes in inter-group relations in places where nationalism is a factor.  She has dual US-UK nationality.  She has strong connections with Scotland, Northern Ireland and Ireland.   In addition she studies how our connections with the past affect us as people and how they interact with conflict, for good or ill.

Margaret worked with the conflict resolution NGO Initiatives of Change in the UK, Switzerland, France, India, Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.  In Papua New Guinea her work focused on helping women to understand the rapid changes that were occurring in their country and to find their voice and capacity to participate.