Isabella Jean was appointed as Adjunct Faculty in the fall of 2010 and teaches a course on monitoring and evaluation of peacebuilding interventions. At Heller, she has facilitated skill-building sessions on conflict analysis and strategic coexistence interventions as part of several core Coexistence courses. Each summer and fall, she serves as an Academic Advisor to graduate students during their field practicum and independent research abroad. In the spring of 2012, Isabella was appointed to the Heller Alumni Board where she represents the Coexistence Program broadly and serves on the Outreach and Recruitment Committee. Isabella Jean is a 2006 graduate of the MA Program in Coexistence and Conflict hailing from its very first cohort of students.
She brings to Coexistence faculty team her practical experience as a researcher, analyst and trainer on international assistance and aid effectiveness topics, focusing on conflict-sensitive aid, participatory program design, monitoring and evaluation methods, and peacebuilding effectiveness. At CDA Collaborative Learning Projects, she serves as Director of Evaluation and Learning supporting the development of more sophisticated methods for capturing the results of CDA’s efforts to influence the practice and policies of corporate operations, peacebuilding, development assistance and humanitarian aid. Also at CDA, she has led field-based collaborative learning research efforts involving international agencies and peace and development practitioners in Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Israel/Palestinian territories, Tajikistan, Philippines, India, Darfur, Pakistan and Haiti. Based on findings from these field visits, Isabella Jean co-authored a book on cumulative impacts of international assistance “Time to Listen: Hearing People on the Receiving End of International Aid.”
Prior to her work with CDA, Isabella consulted with Coexistence International and conducted policy research on issues of conflict, coexistence, democracy and education in multi-ethnic societies. Before enrolling in the MA Program, Isabella conducted evaluation research and training at a national non-profit focused on education policy, school reform and community organizing. As a Watson Fellow, she conducted field research on youth initiated coexistence initiatives in N. Ireland, South Africa, Cyprus, Israel, Gaza Strip, West Bank, and Egypt. She holds an MA in Coexistence and Conflict from Brandeis University and a B.A. in International Relations & Anthropology from Bowdoin College. Isabella lives in Boston with her husband and two daughters.