Elizabeth A. Cole

George Mason University; Former Carnegie Council Senior Program Officer

Elizabeth A. "Lili" Cole is a visiting fellow at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University, now based in the San Francisco area. Until December 2017, she directed the Fellowship Programs at the U.S. Institute of Peace and led the research stream on reconciliation, developing methods to evaluate the impact of reconciliation projects in post-conflict contexts.

Previously she was assistant director of TeachAsia in the Education Division of Asia Society in New York City.

Cole served as senior program officer at the Carnegie Council from 2000 to 2005. She developed the History and the Politics of Reconciliation Program, focusing in particular on educational efforts to promote reconciliation.

Before joining the Council she worked at the Center for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University where she was coordinator of its program on religion, human rights, and religious freedom. Prior to that she was director of internships at the National Forum Foundation and assistant program officer at the National Endowment for Democracy. 

Cole holds a PhD in Slavic languages and literatures from Yale University and lived and worked in China from 1981-1984.

Last Updated: December 4, 2018

History, memory, and reconciliation; conflict resolution; Eastern European studies; China