Helena Meyer-Knapp has had a long career as professor committed to both research and teaching. She also has extensive experience prompting citizens and policy makers to get involved in community-centered work for peace locally and nationally. She earned a BA in History at Oxford in the UK, the country of her birth, and an MA in Communications and a PhD in Political Studies in her adopted country, the USA.
An expert on war and peace-making in the modern era, in 2003 she published her first book, Dangerous Peace-Making. It centered on case studies of the risks and opportunities in peace efforts in the 1990s in a variety of countries. It concluded with reflections post war justice and reconciliation.
These days most of her research centers on conflict and reconciliation in NE Asia with a special focus on Japan and South Korea. She presents regularly at academic conferences and her most recent article, on Japanese student attitudes to South Korean consumer culture, was published in the Japan Social Innovation Journal (2013). Recently, her path-breaking essay on ethics, gun violence and suicide in the USA (2013) has been receiving the attention of leaders in a Statewide gun registration effort.
Helena was appointed faculty at the Evergreen State College in 1984, and ever since has been teaching undergraduates about international relations, ethics and political studies. She also teaches graduate courses on conflict and management in Evergreen’s Masters in Public Administration program. She has been honored with a Bunting Fellowship (at Harvard), a Senior Scholar Fulbright Fellowship (at Kyung Hee Graduate School of Peace Studies in Korea) and the HORN fellowship (at Hyogo Prefectural University in Japan).
Helena travels often for her work, especially to NE Asia. When she is in Olympia, she focuses on tending her garden and on support for Garden Raised Bounty – food and farming for low income families in South Puget Sound Sound, and on its offshoot, GRuB in the Schools, a new program at Olympia High School. She has a chapter on gardens in the US, the UK, Japan and Korea as one path to understanding global citizenship, in Wang, Xiao-Lei (王晓蕾) ed. People without Borders: Becoming Members of Global Communities. (Forthcoming 2014)
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