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Dr. Elizabeth Susan Dahl
Assistant Professor

Department of Political Science
Arts & Science Hall, 275
University of Nebraska at Omaha
Tel: (402) 554-2624
Fax: (402) 554-4860

2014-2015 - On Academic Leave

Professor Dahl joined the faculty of the University of Nebraska at Omaha in the fall of 2006. She received both her M.A. (in International Peace and Conflict Resolution) and Ph.D. (in International Relations) from American University in Washington, D.C., where she taught courses in cross-cultural communication and East Asian Politics. Previously Dr. Dahl received her M.A.R. in Ethics from Yale Divinity School and a B.A. in Religious Studies from Grinnell College.

Dr. Dahl’s research focuses on political, cultural, gender and national identity dynamics as well as conflict resolution and post-conflict peacebuilding efforts in East Asia. Currently, she is working on a book manuscript about such topics as the "The Gendered Dynamics of International Apologies: Implications for Diplomacy".

Her most recent publications include "Oil and Water? The Philosophical Commitments of International Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution", International Studies Review 14 (June 2012): 240-272 and "Sites of Contestation: What Apology Debates Tell Us about International Relations." ID: International Dialogue, A Multidisciplinary Journal of World Affairs, Vol. III (October 2013): 116-149 (

In April 2009, she wrote an article entitled "Reconciliation and the Therapeutic Impulse: What Does It Mean to 'Heal'?" published by Human Rights & Human Welfare. She has also written a chapter, "Is Japan Facing Its Past? The Case of Japan and Its Neighbors," part of an edited volume, The Age of Apology: Facing Up to the Past, published in 2007 by the University of Pennsylvania Press. Her dissertation was an exploration of recent US-China relations and issues of apology, nationalism, and historical memory.

Professor Dahl has worked at the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington, DC as well as several other regional and local conflict-resolution non-profit organizations. She also assisted with two interactive problem-solving seminars designed to help East Timorese in their deliberations in the late 1990s as they moved toward greater autonomy from Indonesia.

Courses Taught:

PSCI 1000 Introduction to Political Science
PSCI 2210 Introduction to International Relations
PSCI 3640/8645 Government and Politics of China and East Asia
PSCI 3660/8665 Governments and Politics of Japan and East Asia
PSCI 4200/8206 International Politics of the East Asia
PSCI 4240/8246 International Conflict Resolution
PSCI 4950 Senior Seminar in Political Science
INST 4140 Topics in International Studies

Dr. Dahl was a volunteer translator at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Read about her experiences in her journal.


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With Volunteers
At the Beijing Olympics, August 2008











China Summer 2007