Professor, Historian, and Peacebuilder
Charles Chavis, Jr., Ph.D is the Founding Director of the John Mitchell, Jr. Program for History, Justice, and Race at George Mason University’s Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution, where he is also an Assistant Professor of Conflict Analysis and Resolution and History.
Dr. Chavis is a historian and museum educator whose work focuses on the history of racial violence and civil rights activism and Black and Jewish relations in the American South, and the ways in which the historical understandings of racial violence and civil rights activism can inform current and future approaches to peacebuilding and conflict resolution throughout the world.
He is editor of For the Sake of Peace: Africana Perspectives on Racism, Justice, and Peace in America (Rowman & Littlefield, 2020). His upcoming book, The Silent Shore: The Lynching of Matthew Williams and the Politics of Racism in the Free State (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2020) is out in January 2022.
“Rabbi Edward L. Israel: The Making of a Progressive Interracialist, 1923–1941,” Southern Jewish History, 21 (Spring, 2019). View PDF
“Confronting the Legacy of Lynching in Maryland: From Narrative Change to Racial Healing,” Building an Architecture of Peace-building in America, Doug Irvin-Erickson and Emily Sample, eds. (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2020). View PDF
Introduction to For the Sake of Peace: Africana Perspectives on Racism, Justice, and Peace in America. Co-edited with Sixte Vigny Nimuraba. (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2020). View PDF
Activism & Policy Leadership
Dr. Chavis is the Founding Director of the John Mitchell, Jr. Program for History, Justice, and Race at George Mason University’s Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution
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