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Professor Mary Elizabeth King

Occupation: Political Scientist, Educator and Acclaimed Author
Born: New York City

Education:
PhD in International Politics, Aberystwyth University, Wales, Britain (1999)
MBA Coursework, Loyola University, Baltimore, MD (1975-1976)
BA in English Literature, Ohio Wesleyan University (1962)

Career:
Director, James Lawson Institute (2017-Present)
Distinguished Rothermore American Institute Fellow, University of Oxford (2006-Present)
Professor, Peace and Conflict Studies, UN-Affiliated University For Peace, Costa Rica (2001-Present)
Distinguished Rothermere American Institute Fellow, The University of Oxford, Britain (2001-Present)
Special Advisor, Former President Jimmy Carter, Atlanta, GA (1984-Present)
Scholar-in-Residence, School of International Service, American University, Washington, D.C. (1997-2015)
President, Global Action, Inc., Washington, D.C. (1992-2012)
Senior Fellow in Residence, Roithermere American Institute, University of Oxford (2004-2005)
Appointed Advisor, Government of India (1998-2003)
Professor, International Politics, St. George’s University, Grenada, West Indies (1999-2001)
Adjunct Faculty, American University, School of International Service, International Peace and Conflict Resolution Division, Washington, D.C. (1997-1999)
Special Advisor, Former President Jimmy Carter and Envoy (1984-1993)
Expert Consultant, ABC London News Bureau, BBC London (1990-1992)
Independent International Consultant (1981-1992)
Consultant Director, United States-Iraq Business Forum, Washington, D.C. (1985-1990)
Executive Director, Young Ideas, Inc., Washington, D.C. (1982-1985)
Deputy Director, ACTION, Washington (1977-1981)
President, Mary King Associates, Inc. (1972-1977)
Program Officer, United States Office of Economic Opportunity, Washington (1968-1972)
Communications Officer, Student Nonviolent Coordinator Committee, Atlanta (1963-1965)
Human Relations Intern, Field Foundation Grant, National Student Young Women’s Christian Association (1962-1963)
Worldwide Oversight, Peace Corps, United States Volunteer Service Corps Programs

Career Related:
Member, Board of Directors, The Albert Einstein Institution, Boston, MA (2003-Present); Member, Board of Selectors, Jefferson Awards, American Institute for Public Service (1993-Present); Member, Board of Directors, Officer, The Arca Foundation (1980-Present); Member, Board of Directors, AMIDEAST Educational and Testing Service, Washington (1989-2023); Member, International Editorial Board, African-Centered Solutions for Peace and Security (2014-2023); President, Global Action, Inc. (1988-2023); Member, International Editorial Board, Africa Peace and Conflict Journal (2007-2010); Member, Board of Governors, Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, D.C. (1990-1993); Member, Board of Directors, AMIDEAST Educational and Testing Service, Washington, D.C. (1989-2010); Member, International Commission on Peace and Food, Madras, India (1989-1994); President, Founder, National Association of Women Business Owners, Washington, D.C. (1976)

Creative Works:
Contributor, “Gandhi’s Global Legacy: Moral Methods and Modern Challenges (Studies in Comparative Philosophy and Religion)” (2023); Featured, Millennium Magazine; Author, “Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr: The Power of Nonviolent Action” (1999); Author, “Freedom Song: A Personal Story of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement” (1987); Co-Author, “Sex and Caste: A Kind of Memo” (1966); Contributor, Articles, Scholarly Journals; Editor, Half-a-Dozen Volumes, Transformation of Conflict for the Africa Program, University for Peace; Author, Blog, “Waging Nonviolence”; Author, Blog, “Minds of the Movement”; Author, Numerous Books; Contributor, Articles, Chapters, Edited Works; Speakers, Lectures, Speeches

Achievements:
Member, Senior Common Room, Mansfield College, University of Oxford, Britain (2008-Present); Featured Top Professional, Wall Street Journal; Distinguished Fellow of Rothermere American Institute – Oxford University; Considered the preeminent scholar on Mohandas K. Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr.

Awards:
Grantee, Unsolicited Research Grant, The United States Institute of Peace (2015); RECIPIENT, Honorary Doctor of Laws, Ohio Wesleyan University (2011); Elected Fellow, Aberystwyth University, Wales, United Kingdom (2011); Recipient, James M. Lawson Nonviolent Achievement Award (2011); Recipient, Award, Unsolicited Research Grant, United States Institute of Peace (2008-2010); Honoree, Laureate, El-Hibri Peace Education Prize (2009); Recipient, Jamnalal Bajaj International Award (2003); Fellow, Albert Einstein Institution, Boston (1996-1998); Inductee, National Women’s Hall of Fame, Seneca Falls, NY (1992); Recipient, OWU Distinguished Achievement Award, Ohio Wesleyan University (1989); Recipient, Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Book Award (1988); Elected to Membership, Authors Guild (1987); Recipient, Distinguished Achievement Award, Women’s Equity Action League (1977)

Memberships:
Trustee, Officer, Arca Foundation, Washington, D.C. (1980-Present); President, Global Action (1988-2012); Member, Board of Directors, Amideast, Washington, D.C. (1989-2010); Member, International Commission on Peace and Food, Madras, India (1989-1994); President, English Writers Club, Ohio Wesleyan University; Member, Consortium on Peace Research, Education and Development; Member, Peace and Justice Studies Association; Member, Authors’ Yearbook; Member, Contemporary Authors

Family:
Daughter of Luther Waddington King and Alba Iregui King
Married: Peter Geoffrey Bourne

Hobbies:
British antiques and architecture; Farming

Biography Sources:
Who’s Who in America – 2006, 60th Edition (pub. 2005)
Who’s Who in America – 2005, 59th Edition (pub. 2004)
Who’s Who in America – 2004, 58th Edition (pub. 2003)
Who’s Who of American Women – 2006-2007, 25th Edition (pub. 2005)

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