Angela J. Lederach, PhD
Angela J. Lederach, PhD

Angela J. Lederach, PhD

Assistant Professor
College of Arts and Sciences


  • Anthropology of War and Peace
  • Environmental Anthropology
  • Political Violence
  • Multispecies Analysis
  • Social Movements
  • Youth
  • Participatory Action Research
  • Food Sovereignty and Justice

Academic Appointments


  • Cultural and Social Studies


  • Assistant Professor


Angela J. Lederach joined Creighton University in 2020 after receiving a dual PhD in Anthropology and Peace Studies from the University of Notre Dame. Prior to graduate study, Dr. Lederach worked as a peacebuilding and restorative justice practitioner in Sierra Leone, Philippines, Guatemala, Colombia, and the United States. Her current research examines the politics of peacebuilding in Colombia. She pays particular attention to how local communities respond to the compounding violences of armed conflict, environmental degradation, and social inequality. An upcoming project will use participatory research with an environmental coalition to examine the strategies and narratives grassroots actors mobilize across the axes of race, gender, sexuality, generation, and territory to confront and transform extractive violence in Colombia's postaccord context. 

Publications and Presentations


  • “‘Each word is powerful’: Writing and the Ethics of Representation in Peace and Conflict Fieldwork” (forthcoming chapter in the The Palgrave Companion to Peace and Conflict Fieldwork edited by Roddy Brett, Roger Mac Ginty and Birte Vogel)., Palgrave Macmillan, 2020
  • When Blood and Bones Cry Out: Journeys Through the Soundscape of Healing and Reconciliation. Co-authored by John Paul Lederach and Angela J. Lederach, Oxford University Press, 2010


  • Youth Provoking Peace: An Intersectional Approach to Territorial Peacebuilding in Colombia.” , Peacebuilding, 2019
  • ““The Campesino was Born for the Campo”: A Multispecies Approach to Territorial Peace in Colombia.” , American Anthropologist, 119:4, 589-602, 2017
  • "Reflexivity, Responsibility, and Reciprocity: Guiding Principles for Ethical Peace Research", 2016


  • “Soundscapes of Social Healing in Colombia.” (Los paisajes sonoros de la sanación social en Colombia) in Por la paz: L’Institut Catalá Internacional per la Pau (ICIP)., 2018
  • El verdadero reto del ñame con el que no pudo MinAgricultura (The Failure of the Ministry of Agriculture to Address the Real Challenge of the Yam Crisis) in Semana Rural., 2017
  • "A Letter from Colombia in the Aftermath of Charlottesville.", American Anthropological Association Blog, 2017
  • “The Long Road Ahead: Social Movement Activism and Prospects for Peace in Colombia.” Mobilizing Ideas (blog), 2016


  • “El campesino nació para el campo: Un enfoque multispecies hacia la paz territorial enColombia.”:, Maguaré, 33:2, 171-207, 2020