Borislava Manojlovic

Borislava Manojlovic

Borislava Manojlovic

Assistant Professor


Dr. Borislava Manojlovic is the Assistant Professor of Conflict Analysis and Resolution and Co-Director of the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies Asia at George Mason University Korea. She is an expert in peacebuilding, transitional justice, dealing with the past, peace education, and atrocities prevention. Before joining GMU Korea, she was both research director and faculty at Seton Hall University’s School of Diplomacy and International Relations where she led and implemented numerous research projects that focus on peacebuilding, education, governance, and atrocities prevention. Before joining academia, she worked on minority- and reconciliation-related issues with the United Nations and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in both Croatia and Kosovo for over seven years. The experience of wars in the Balkans in the 1990s and her desire to understand the roots of violent conflicts shaped her life trajectory and dedication to conflict prevention and peacemaking. Her book Education for Sustainable Peace and Conflict Resilient Communities was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2018.

Prof. Manojlovic received her master’s degree from Brandeis University and her doctorate from George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution.

Current Research

Intergenerational perceptions of Korean War

Socio-economic integration of North Korean refugees in South Korea

Education for sustainable peace

Collective trauma, memory and healing through art

Cross-cultural negotiations

Selected Publications

  • Manojlovic, Borislava and Espoir Kabenga. (forthcoming 2023). “Extractivism and Conflict: Comparative Study of Serbia and the DRC”. The Journal of Social Encounters - Special issue on Extractive Politics, Conflict, and Peacebuilding.
  • Manojlovic, Borislava. (2022). Case Study: Serbia-Kosovo Peace Process. Report for Bridging Insights Why It Worked: A Comparative Study of Select Resolved Conflicts Since 1946 Project. The Carter School, Fairfax.
  • Manojlovic, Borislava. (2020). “Representing Collective Trauma of Korean War: Creative Education as a Peacebuilding Strategy.” In Post-Conflict Hauntings: Transforming Memories of Historical Trauma, edited by Kim Wale, Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, and Jeffrey Prager, 315–37. Palgrave Studies in Compromise after Conflict. Cham: Springer International Publishing.
  • Manojlovic, Borislava & Andrea Bartoli. (2019). “Practices of Reconciliation and Relational Responsibility”. In Spirituality, Emergent Creativity and Reconciliation, Eds. Vern and Gloria Redekop. Lexington Books.
  • Manojlovic, Borislava. (2018). “Representations of Contentious History Through Art: The Collective Trauma of Guernica”. Cultural and Religious Studies. 6 (11): 630 – 642.
  • Manojlovic, Borislava. (2018). “Peacebuilding through Education: Innovative Ways of Dealing with Conflict”. Journal der ARGE Bildungsmanagement. 4: 44-50.
  • Manojlovic, Borislava. (2017). Education for Sustainable Peace and Conflict-Resilient Communities. Palgrave MacMillan.


Expanded Publication List

  • Manojlovic, Borislava. (2016). “Culture and Peacemaking”. In Critical Issues in Cross-Cultural Management, Eds. Richard L. Griffith & Jessica L. Wildman. Springer.
  • Manojlovic, Borislava, Ogata, Tetsushi, and Bartoli, Andrea. (2016). “Guest Editors’ Introduction to the Special Issue: Towards the Prevention of Genocide,” Genocide Studies and Prevention: An International Journal. 9 (3): 1-3.
  • Manojlovic, Borislava. (2016). “Beyond Joint Narrative of the Past: Segregated and Integrated Schools in Eastern Slavonia”.  Serbian ScienceToday. 1 (1): 30-43.

Grants and Fellowships

  • Grant in partnership with the University of Nis, Serbia to create joint program on Tolerance Promotion and Conflict Resolution: Teaching and Practice, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Nis/George Mason University (awarded by the U.S. State Department, US Embassy Belgrade, 2021)
  • UniKorea Grant for organizing the Symposium on South and North Korean pre and post-unification processes (Seoul, South Korea, 2019)
  • Grant for development of study abroad and experiential learning program in the Balkans and Spain(awarded by Global Education Office at George Mason University, Fairfax, USA, 2018)
  • One World One Community Grant (projects focused on development of educational programs, community building and sustainable livelihoods funded by the Hohnstein Foundation, 2017/18)
  • CDI assessment grant for the research project titled Improving Quality of Online Offerings Based on Students’ Needs and Experiences (awarded by the Office of the Provost, and the Teaching, Learning and Technology Center at Seton Hall University,2016/17)                                                                        
  • Assessment of Peace and Reconciliation Processes in Kosovo and Bosnia(consultancy with Democracy International for a project funded by USAID, 2016)
  • Basque Government Peace Plan Review (funded by the Basque government). For report, please see:
  • Euskadi Peace Process Scenarios (funded by the Agirre Center).
  • GPANet – Genocide Prevention Advisory Network (funded by the Swiss Government).
  • Learning from Experience – Love and Forgiveness in Governance (funded by John E. Fetzer Institute).
  • Learning from Experience – Forgiving Prisoners and Their Insights on Love and Forgiveness (funded by John E. Fetzer Institute)

Courses Taught

  • Cross-Cultural Negotiation 
  • Human Rights and Inequalities
  • The Balkans Case: Reconciliation and Post-Conflict Reconstruction in the Aftermath of Mass Violence (Study Abroad - Summer 2019)
  • Memory, History and Conflict: Dealing with the Past in the Aftermath of Mass Violence
  • Interpersonal Conflict 
  • Community, Group and Organization Conflict Analysis and Resolution 


PhD, Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University (2013)

MA, Coexistence and Conflict Resolution, Brandeis University (2008)

Recent Presentations

  • Presented the research paper on Education and the Rise of Extremism in a panel “Classroom Resistance: Responses and Innovations in a Time of Rising Authoritarianism”, ISA 62nd Annual Convention: Globalization, Regionalism and Nationalism: Contending Forces in World Politics, virtual (April 7, 2021)
  • Developed and facilitated three-day problem-solving workshop with North Korean Diaspora, George Mason University Korea, Songdo (September 27-29, 2019)
  • Developed and led two-day UN Workshop on Environmental Challenges and Consensus Building, United Nations Headquarters, NYC (August 6-7, 2019).
  • Organized the International Symposium on Korea and the Vision of a Combined Future: From Division to Peaceful Reintegration and delivered a speech on lessons learned from problem-solving workshops with North Korean Diaspora, George Mason University Korea, Songdo (October 23, 2019)
  • Moderator of a panel Bringing Gandhi Back at the Gandhi’s 150-year Legacies Peacebuilding from Asia and the West, Yonsei International Campus, Songdo (October 1-2, 2019)
  • Presented her research paper Historical Narrative and Representations of the Collective Trauma of Guernica at the Recognition Reparation Reconciliation – The Light and Shadow of Historical Trauma Conference, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa (December 8, 2018).
  • Attended Columbia Model United Nations Conference and Exposition at Columbia University (January 17-20, 2019)
  • Key note lecture and presentation on Memory and Conflict Resolutionat Global Conflict Resolution Series: Unification Issues and Sustainable Peace, George Mason University Korea, Songdo, South Korea (October, 13, 2018).
  • Presented her research and facilitating a problem-solving workshop on Memory and History in Post-Conflict Societies at George Mason University Korea’s Global Conflict Resolution Series, IFEZ Global Center, Songdo, South Korea (September, 20, 2018).
  • Panelist in discussion on “MeToo” movement and its impacts with students and faculty at George Mason University Korea, Songdo, South Korea (June, 17, 2018).