International Center for Ethno-Religious Mediation, New York
I am a peace and conflict scholar interested in how to teach and discuss controversial traumatic memories of war and violence in order to deepen if not complete national reconciliation in postwar, transitional societies. Equipped with outstanding research and practice experience of over a decade, I use cutting-edge multidisciplinary methods to study controversial public issues embedded in ethnicity, race, and religion. As a convener, I engage in critical dialogue with diverse group of scholars and students to advance research. As a scholar, I bridge theory, research, practice and policy. As a teacher and trainer, I mentor students with lessons learned and best practices to foster transformative learning and collaborative action. As an administrator, I develop and manage innovative projects to address historical and emerging conflicts, secure funding, and encourage local ownership and community engagement in peacebuilding.
Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA; Master of Arts in Philosophy from Université de Poitiers, France; Diploma in French Language Studies from Centre International de Recherche et d’Étude des Langues (CIREL), Lomé, Togo; Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from University of Ibadan, Nigeria.
Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles
- Ugorji, B. (2019). Indigenous dispute resolution and national reconciliation: Learning from the Gacaca courts in Rwanda. Journal of Living Together, 6(1), 153-161.
- Ugorji, B. (2017). Ethno-religious conflict in Nigeria: Analysis and resolution. Journal of Living Together, 4-5(1), 164-192.
- Ugorji, B. (2017). Culture and conflict resolution: When a low-context culture and a high-context culture collide, what happens? Journal of Living Together, 4-5(1), 118-135.
- Ugorji, B. (2017). Understanding worldview differences between the law enforcement and religious fundamentalists: Lessons from the Waco standoff case. Journal of Living Together, 4-5(1), 221-230.
- Ugorji, B. (2016). Black lives matter: Decrypting encrypted racism. Ethnic Studies Review, 37-38(27), 27-43.
- Ugorji, B. (2015). Combating terrorism: A literature review. Journal of Living Together, 2-3(1), 125-140.
- Ugorji, Basil (2022). Nigeria-Biafra War and the Politics of Oblivion: Implications of Revealing the Hidden Narratives through Transformative Learning. Doctoral dissertation. Nova Southeastern University. Retrieved from NSUWorks, College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences – Department of Conflict Resolution Studies. https://nsuworks.nova.edu/shss_dcar_etd/195
Public Policy Papers
Work in Progress
- Ugorji, B. (2023). Conflict over the legacy of Christopher Columbus in the Americas: Critical analysis and resolution. Working Paper.
- Ugorji, B. (2024). Handbook of Ethno-Religious Mediation.
- Ugorji, B. (2021, February 10). The Columbus monument: A hermeneutical analysis. Paper presented at the Peace and Conflict Studies Journal Conference, Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
- Ugorji, B. (2020, July 29). Fostering a culture of peace through mediation. Paper presented at the event: “Dialogues on culture of peace, fraternity and conflict auto-composition: Possible paths to mediation” hosted by Programa de Pós Graduação Stricto Sensu em Direito. Mestrado e Doutorado (Graduate Program in Law – Masters and Doctorate), Universidade Regional Integrada do Alto Uruguai e das Missões, Brazil.
- Ugorji, B. (2019, October 3). Violence and discrimination against religious minorities in refugee camps across Europe. Policy paper presented to the Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France. [I shared my expertise on how the principles of interreligious dialogue could be used to end violence and discrimination against religious minorities– including amongst refugees and asylum seekers – across Europe]. Meeting synopsis is available at http://www.assembly.coe.int/committee/MIG/2019/MIG007E.pdf. My substantial contribution on this topic is included in the official resolution adopted by the Council of Europe on December 2, 2019, Prevention of violence and discrimination against religious minorities amongst refugees in Europe
- Ugorji, B. (2016, April 21). Ethno-religious conflict in Nigeria. Paper presented at the 25th Annual Africa & Diaspora Conference. Center for African Peace and Conflict Resolution, California State University, Sacramento, California.
- Ugorji, B. (2022, September 24). The phenomenon of mass-mindedness. A talk given at the Sr. Mary T. Clark Center for Religion and Social Justice’s 1st Annual Interfaith Saturday Retreat Program at Manhattanville College, Purchase, New York.
- Ugorji, B. (2022, April 14). Spiritual Practice: A Catalyst for Social Change. Lecture delivered at the Manhattanville College Sr. Mary T. Clark Center for Religion and Social Justice Interfaith/Spirituality Speaker Series Program, Purchase, New York.
- Ugorji, B. (2021, January 22). The role of ethno-religious mediation in America: Promoting cultural diversity. Distinguished lecture delivered at the International Commission for Human Rights and Religious Freedom, Washington DC.
- Ugorji, B. (2020, December 2). From a culture of war to a culture of peace: The role of mediation. Distinguished lecture delivered at the School of Social Sciences graduate program, American University of Central Asia.
- Ugorji, B. (2020, October 2). Indigenous peoples and the preservation of nature and environment. Lecture delivered at the Wisdom of the Ancients event. Shrishti Sambhrama – a Celebration of the Earth Mother, organized by the Center for Soft Power in collaboration with Heritage Trust, BNMIT, Wildlife Trust of India and the International Center for Cultural Studies (ICCS).