Dr. Jeremy A. Rinker
Specialization: Peace and Conflict Studies, Social Identity, Conflict Resolution Practice
Home institution in US: Guilford College, Greensboro, North Carolina
Host Institution in India: Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh       
Start date/Month in India: March 2013
Duration of grant: 6 months

Brief Bio:
Dr. Jeremy Rinker earned his Ph.D. from the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University, Virginia in 2009. His research on the over 50-year-old Ambedkar Buddhist social movement in Maharashtra, India is a provocative approach to understanding the often unexplored connections between social justice, conflict resolution and social movement organization. A returned Peace Corps volunteer (Kazakhstan 1995-1997) and former international development and humanitarian aid worker, Dr. Rinker also has experience in human development processes and grant proposal writing. In 2011, he started teaching in Guilford College’s Peace and Conflict Studies Department after spending two years teaching at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. He is married with two sons named Kylor and Tarin and enjoys camping and hiking together as a family.

Dr. Rinker’s Fulbright project, “Integrated Peacebuilding: Exploring Connections between Social Justice Contention, Civil Society Organization, and Positive Peace,” is aimed at constructing and teaching courses related to narrative identity and conflict. The main course he plans to teach is focused on the role of storytelling (narrative) in the production of collective identity and peaceful civil engagement. He also plans to build upon prior research stressing the importance of civil society-based associational bonds between ethno-religious communities as a basis for peaceful co-existence.