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ABOUT

PERSONAL DETAILS
mollie@molliepepper.com
I am currently a PhD candidate in Sociology at Northeastern University. My interests center on gender, violence, and power, specifically the ways that power is redistributed in processes of political transition and conflict transformation. My current project examines the roles of ethnic minority women's organizations in Myanmar's ongoing peace process, with particular attention to the intersections of gender, ethnicity, and citizenship.

BIO

ABOUT ME

Mollie Pepper’s dissertation research examines women’s participation, both formal and informal, in the ongoing peace process in Burma. Via intersectional analysis with particular attention to the power dynamics that surround ethnicity and gender in this context, this work seeks to more fully understand the ways that women participate in peace-building. She explores this topic through a combination of discourse analysis, multi-sited ethnographic engagement, and interviews with ethnic women’s organizations and representatives of the state and Burmese and international human rights and women’s rights organizations.

Mollie is a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at Northeastern University. She has spent nearly a decade working as a humanitarian aid working in the Burmese refugee camps in Thailand and as a researcher and consultant on the Thai/Burma border and in Burma, as well as implementing micro-finance programs in Bolivia. Her interests center on gender, violence, and power, specifically the ways that power is redistributed in processes of political transition and conflict transformation. Mollie holds an MA from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, where she focused on gender analysis, violence, and human security, and a BA from Sarah Lawrence College, where she studied armed conflict and international law.

HOBBIES

INTERESTS

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FACTS

FACTS ABOUT ME

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RESUME

EDUCATION
  • 2020 (expected)
    Boston

    Ph.D. Department of Sociology and Anthropology

    Northeastern University

    Graduate Certificate: Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Dissertation: Gender, Ethnicity, and Power in Peacebuilding: Ethnic Women’s Organizations in Myanmar’s Peace Process Committee: Kathrin Zippel (chair), Ardeth Thawnghmung, Alan Klein, Gordana Rabrenovic, Nina Sylvanus
  • 2015
    Boston

    M.A. Department of Sociology and Anthropology

    Northeastern University

  • 2015
    Boston

    M.A. Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

    Tufts University

    Advisor: Karen Jacobsen
  • 2006
    Bronxville

    B.A. Liberal Arts

    Sarah Lawrence College

APPOINTMENTS
  • 2018
    Present
    Seattle

    Part-time Lecturer, Comparative History of Ideas Program

    University of Washington

  • 2017
    2019
    Seattle

    Visiting Scholar, Jackson School of International Studies

    University of Washington

  • 2017
    2019
    Chiang Mai, Thailand

    Visiting Researcher, Women’s Studies Center

    Chiang Mai University

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PUBLICATIONS

PUBLICATIONS LIST
01 Jan 2008

Business Skills for Entrepreneurs

American Refugee Committee International

Prepared for the American Refugee Committee International, Thailand.

Training Manuals Mollie Pepper

Business Skills for Entrepreneurs

Mollie Pepper
Training Manuals
01 Jan 2009

Financial Literacy and Health and Human Services

Jewish Family Service

Prepared for Jewish Family Service, Seattle.

Training Manuals Mollie Pepper

Financial Literacy and Health and Human Services

Mollie Pepper
Training Manuals
01 Jan 2006

Evaluation of the New Training Program (Evaluacion de la Neuva Sistema de Capacitation)

Pro Mujer

Bilingual report prepared for Pro Mujer, Bolivia

Reports Mollie Pepper

Evaluation of the New Training Program (Evaluacion de la Neuva Sistema de Capacitation)

Mollie Pepper
Reports
01 Jan 2006

Investigation of the Need for Services in Indigenous Languages (Investigacion de la Necesidad de Servicios en Idiomas Indigenas)

Pro Mujer

Bilingual report prepared for Pro Mujer, Bolivia.

Reports Mollie Pepper

Investigation of the Need for Services in Indigenous Languages (Investigacion de la Necesidad de Servicios en Idiomas Indigenas)

Mollie Pepper
Reports
01 Jan 2011

Gender and Livelihoods in the Muslim Community of a Refugee Camp in Thailand

International Rescue Committee

Prepared for the International Rescue Committee Women’s Protection and Empowerment Program, Thailand.

Reports Mollie Pepper

Gender and Livelihoods in the Muslim Community of a Refugee Camp in Thailand

Mollie Pepper
Reports
05 Oct 2017

Gender and the Peace Process in Myanmar

Institute of Asia and Pacific Studies Dialogue


Web-Based Publications Mollie Pepper

Gender and the Peace Process in Myanmar

Mollie Pepper
Web-Based Publications
01 Jan 1970

Border as Site of Exception: Globalizing the Thailand-Burma Border

Mobilities


Manuscripts in Preparation Mollie Pepper

Border as Site of Exception: Globalizing the Thailand-Burma Border

Mollie Pepper
Manuscripts in Preparation
01 Jan 1970

Social Exclusion, Livelihoods, and Gender-Based Violence: Burmese Muslim Refugees in Thailand

Violence Against Women


Manuscripts in Preparation Mollie Pepper

Social Exclusion, Livelihoods, and Gender-Based Violence: Burmese Muslim Refugees in Thailand

Mollie Pepper
Manuscripts in Preparation
01 Jan 2017

Coping with Vulnerability: The Experiences of Burmese Muslim Refugee Children in Thailand

Children Affected by Armed Conflict: Theory, Method, and Practice

Pp 66-88. M. Denov and B. Akesson (eds.). New York: Columbia University Press.

Book Chapters Mollie Pepper

Coping with Vulnerability: The Experiences of Burmese Muslim Refugee Children in Thailand

Mollie Pepper
Book Chapters
01 Jan 2018

Victims, Nationalists, and Supporters: Ethnic Women’s Organizations and Peacebuilding in Myanmar

Pp 215-230 in S. Shekhawat (ed.) Gender, Peacebuilding, and UNSCR 1325

S. Shekhawat (ed.) New York: Lexington Press

Book Chapters Mollie Pepper

Victims, Nationalists, and Supporters: Ethnic Women’s Organizations and Peacebuilding in Myanmar

Mollie Pepper
Book Chapters
30 Nov 2015

Masculinity and Sexual Violence: Examining the State of the Field

Sociology Compass

*Equal coauthors 10(8): 673–683. DOI: 10.1111/soc4.12397

Refereed Journal Articles Mollie Pepper and Anjuli Fahlberg*

Masculinity and Sexual Violence: Examining the State of the Field

Mollie Pepper and Anjuli Fahlberg*
Refereed Journal Articles
30 Nov 2015

Poverty and Health in Contemporary Burma

The Independent Journal of Burma Studies

1(1): 63-82

Refereed Journal Articles Ne Lynn Zaw and Mollie Pepper

Poverty and Health in Contemporary Burma

Ne Lynn Zaw and Mollie Pepper
Refereed Journal Articles
30 Nov 2017

Ethnic Minority Women, Diversity, and Informal Participation in Peacebuilding in Myanmar

Journal of Peacebuilding and Development

13(2): 61-75. DOI: 10.1080/15423166.2018.1472030

Refereed Journal Articles Mollie Pepper

Ethnic Minority Women, Diversity, and Informal Participation in Peacebuilding in Myanmar

Mollie Pepper
Refereed Journal Articles
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AWARDS & HONORS

2019

Outstanding Contributions to Public Sociology, Department of Sociology and      Anthropology, Northeastern University

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GRANTS & FELLOWSHIPS

2018

United States Institute of Peace Jennings Randolph Peace Scholarship Dissertation Fellowship ($20,000)

Northeastern University Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Graduate Research Development Grant ($1,650)

2017

Graduate Dissertation Research Grant, Northeastern University ($3,000)

2016

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship, Southeast Asia Studies Summer Institute, University of Wisconsin-Madison ($6,500)

Northeastern University Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Graduate Research Development Grant ($2,000)

2015

Hong Liu Asian Studies Fund, Asian Studies Research Award ($1,500)

Northeastern University Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Graduate Research Development Grant ($1,000)

2011

Tufts University Feinstein International Center, Research Grant ($3,000)

2010

Tufts University Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Scholarship ($30,000)

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INVITED TALKS

2019

Refugees and Conflict on the Thailand-Myanmar Border, Virginia Tech, March 20

Women’s Informal Participation in Myanmar’s Peace Process, Sociologists for Women in Society panel, Commission on the Status of Women meetings, New York, March 13

2018

“We Ethnic Women Are the Solution for The Conflict”: Gender, Power, and Peacebuilding in Myanmar, talk given at the United States Institute of Peace, October 12

Activism Across Borders: Ethnic Women’s Organizations and the Challenges of Change in Myanmar, University of Washington, April 26

Gender and Conflict in Myanmar, Virginia Tech, March 1

2017

Gender, Conflict, and Peacebuilding: Myanmar, talk given to Rotary International, La Conner, WA, July 10

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CONFERENCE ACTIVITY

Conferences Organized

2015

Complicating Violence Graduate Conference, Northeastern University, Boston, March 27

Panels Organized

2018

“Discourse, Power, and Development: Turning a Critical Lens on INGOs,” Panel for International Sociological Association World Congress of Sociology, Toronto, July 15-21

2017

Global and Transnational Sociology, Breakfast with Scholars, Sociologists for Women in Society Winter Meeting, Albuquerque, February 9-12

Papers Presented

2019

The Nationalist Projects of Ethnic Women’s Organizations on the Thailand-Myanmar Border. American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, New York, August 10-13

Ethnic Minority Women, Diversity, and Informal Participation in Peacebuilding in Myanmar. International Studies Association Annual Convention, Toronto, March 27-30

2018

Gender, Ethnicity, and Power on the Border: Ethnic Women’s Organizations on the Thailand-Myanmar Border. International Feminist Journal of Politics Annual Meeting, San Francisco, April 2-4

2017

What Difference Does a Status Make: Navigating (Il)Legality on the Thailand-Burma Border. Society for the Study of Social Problems Annual Meeting, Montreal, August 12-15

2016

Gender and Nationalism at the Border: Transnational Activism, Ethno-Nationalist Identity, and Armed Conflict in Burma. American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Seattle, August 20-23

Law on the Books vs. Law on the Ground: Navigating Citizenship on the Thailand-Burma Border. Association for Asian Studies Annual Meeting, Seattle, March 31-April 3

Transnational Women’s Networks in Thailand and Burma. Sociologists for Women in Society Winter Meeting, Memphis, February 4-7

2015

Victims, Nationalists, and Supporters: The Role of Ethnic Women's Organizations in Armed Conflict in Burma. The Politics of Victimhood Conference, George Mason University, Washington DC, November 6

Social Exclusion, Livelihoods, and Gender-Based Violence: Burmese Muslim Refugees in Thailand. American Sociological Association Meeting, Chicago, August 22-25

Social Exclusion and Its Implications for Burmese Muslim Refugees in Thailand. Burma/Myanmar in Transition Conference, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, Thailand, July 24-25

Third Gender Laws: A Cruel Optimism. Graduate Consortium of Women’s Studies Graduate Conference, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, March 28

Perception, Intervention, and the Perpetuation of Marginalization: Violence and Social Exclusion of Minorities among Burmese Refugees. International Studies Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, February 18-21

2014

Masculinity and Sexual Violence: Examining the State of the Field. With Anjuli Fahlberg, Sociologists for Women in Society Winter Meeting, Nashville, February 19-22

2013

Geek Masculinity and Virtual Gender Violence. American Anthropological Association, Chicago, November 20-24

Virtual Borders: Geek Culture, Masculinity, and the Challenge of Virtual Identity. Graduate Consortium of Women’s Studies Graduate Conference, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, March 11-13

Discussant

2018

Peace, War, and Social Conflict Section Panel, American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, August 9-14.

2015

Place/Space, Graduate Consortium of Women’s Studies Conference, MIT, Cambridge, March 28

Campus Talks

2012

Report on an Exploratory Analysis of Gender at the Fletcher School, Gender Mainstreaming Town Hall Meeting, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, March 6

Refugee Livelihoods and Gender-Based Violence in Thailand, Feinstein International Center, Tufts University, November 16

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TEACHING

TEACHING HISTORY
  • Winter 2019
    Thailand

    Study Abroad Program Director

    University of Washington

    Gender, Human Rights, and Livelihoods in Exile, Thailand Study Abroad
  • Winter 2019
    Thailand

    Part-time Lecturer

    University of Washington

    Ethnicity, History and Intersectional Identities in Myanmar
  • Winter 2019
    Thailand

    Part-time Lecturer

    University of Washington

    Human Rights, Social Movements and Conflict Transformation
  • 2013
    2016
    Boston, MA

    Teaching Assistant

    Northeastern University

    Peoples and Cultures (Intro to Anthropology)
  • Fall 2015
    Boston, MA

    Teaching Assistant

    Northeastern University

    Gender and Culture
  • Spring 2014
    Boston, MA

    Teaching Assistant

    Northeastern University

    Sociology of Violence and Hate
  • Fall 2012
    Somerville, MA

    Teaching Assistant

    Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University

    Human Rights in the Arab World, Graduate Course
  • Winter 2012
    Somerville, MA

    Sole Instructor

    Osher Institute, Tufts University

    Mindfulness in Theory and Practice: An Exploration
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OTHER EXPERIENCE

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, Research Assistant

2013 Advisor: Nancy Hite
2012 Advisor: Kathleen Hamill, “Human Rights in the Arab World”
2011 Advisor: Carolyn Gideon, “Poverty and Communications Access”

SERVICE TO PROFESSION

Reviewer, Women’s Studies International Forum, 2019-present

Reviewer, Social Problems, 2019-present

Reviewer, Gender and Society, 2016-present

Reviewer, Sociology Compass, 2016-present

Member, Sociologists for Women in Society International Committee, 2014-present

DEPARTMENTAL/UNIVERSITY SERVICE

Senator, Graduate Student Government, Northeastern University, 2015-2016

President, Graduate Sociology Society, Northeastern University, 2013-2016

Faculty Search Committee Member, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, 2013

President, Gender Equality Project, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, 2012-2013

Leadership Committee Member and subgroup chair, The Gender Initiative, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, 2011-2013

Undergraduate Mentor, Fletcher Mentors Program, 2010-2011

EXTRA TRAINING

2017 Certificate, Summer School on Transitional Justice, Ulster University, Belfast

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

2019-present ECOSOC Delegate to the United Nations, Sociologists for Women in Society
2017-present Executive Committee Member and Communications Committee Co-Chair, Fletcher Women’s Network
2016-present Sociologists for Women in Society Delegate to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women
2016-2017 Advisory Board Member, Peace and Hope Initiative, Rwanda.
2015-2017 Student Mentor, We Women of Burma Foundation, Myanmar
2015 Invited Trainer, Research Ethics, Wide Horizons School, Thailand

PROFESSIONAL SKILLS

Data management: NVivo, HyperRESEARCH, Dedoose, Stata

Geographic Information System: ArcGIS

Social Network Analysis: UCINET

NON-ACADEMIC WORK EXPERIENCE

2017-Present Researcher, Kachin Women’s Association, Thailand
2017 Research Associate, Burma Link, Thailand
2011 Research Consultant, Women’s Protection and Empowerment Program International Rescue Committee, Thailand
2009-2010 Workshop Developer, Refugee Resettlement Program, Jewish Family Service, Seattle, WA
2007-2008 Livelihoods Program Lead Coordinator, American Refugee Committee, Thailand
2006-2007 Capacity Building Program Intern, ProMujer, Cochabamba, Bolivia

LANGUAGES

Spanish (professional proficiency in spoken and reading)

Burmese (elementary spoken and reading)

Thai (elementary spoken)

German (intermediate reading)

French (intermediate reading)

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

American Sociological Association

International Studies Association

Sociologists for Women in Society

Society for the Study of Social Problems

Association for Asian Studies

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