Peter Dixon


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Transitional justice, peacebuilding, political violence, international law


  • HS 801g - Proseminar


  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • Middlebury College

Peter Dixon



Peter Dixon is a Research Scientist in the Conflict Resolution and Coexistence Program at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University, where he co-leads the Everyday Justice and Policy Innovation projects. His work intersects with the fields of transitional justice, peacebuilding, peacekeeping and political violence. Drawing on mixed-methods research, he is interested in understanding how people’s everyday experiences during and after conflict enable or limit transformative solutions. Currently, his work is focused on the local reception of justice and peace processes in Colombia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo and on the use of local indicators to guide justice and equity policies in the United States. In addition to engaging with academic puzzles about peace, conflict and justice, he seeks to inform policy and support ongoing peace and justice processes and has worked with a number of international organizations engaged in these fields. Currently, he is actively engaged with the peace research NGO, Everyday Peace Indicators.

Awards and Honors

  • Grant for research on "Everyday Indicators for Policy Innovation in California" from UC Berkeley and Santa Clara University (Principal Investigator) (2021)
  • Supplemental grant for research on "Everyday Justice in Colombia and the DRC" (Co-Principal Investigator) (2021)
  • Grant for research on "Everyday Justice in Colombia and the DRC" from the United States Institute of Peace (Co-Principal Investigator) (2019)
  • Grant for research on "Photovoice in Colombia" from Humanity United (Co-Principal Investigator) (2019)
  • Grant for research on "Everyday Justice in Colombia and the DRC" from National Science Foundation (2018)
  • James N. Rosenau Postdoctoral Fellowship (International Studies Association) (2016)


  • Dixon, Peter. "Collective Justice: Ex-Combatants and Community Reparations in Colombia." Symposium on Peace Processes (Political Settlements Research Programme). University of Edinburgh (remote)
  • Dixon, Peter. "From Courts to Communities: How Do International Courts Affect Victims?." University of British Columbia (remote)
  • Dixon, Peter. "PCDN Career Chat." PCDN Network. Brandeis University (remote)
  • Dixon, Peter. "Slavery, Structural Racism and the Struggle for Reparations in the US." Brandeis University (remote)
  • Dixon, Peter. "Transitional Justice." COEX Professional Series. Brandeis University (remote)
  • Dixon, Peter / Pamina Firchow. "Everyday Justice: Reparations in Daily Life." Past, Present and Future of the Victims' Law (Pasado, presente y futuro de la Ley de Víctimas), Bogota, Colombia. Dejusticia, March 9, 2020.
  • Dixon, Peter. "Dabeiba (Antioquia), más allá de la fosa común." El Espectador / Colombia 2020 July 3, 2020
  • Dixon, Peter. "Trash is Piling up in Rural Colombia. That’s a Bad Sign for Peace.." Political Violence at a Glance July 2, 2020.
  • Dixon, Peter. "U.S. cities and states are discussing reparations for Black Americans. Here’s what’s key.." Washington Post August 24, 2020
  • Dixon, Peter / Luke Moffett, Adriana Rudling. "Postconflict Reparations." Oxford Research Encyclopedia of International Studies. Ed. William R. Thomson. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019
  • Dixon, Peter / Moffett, Luke, Cheryl Lawther, Kieran McEvoy, Clara Sandoval. Alternative Sanctions before the Special Jurisdiction for Peace: Reflections on International Law and Transitional Justice. Belfast Queens University Belfast: 2019.
  • Dixon, Peter. "Reparations in the Transition from Violence to Peace." Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics. Ed. Renée Marlin-Bennett. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017
  • Dixon, Peter. "Transitional Justice and Development." Research Handbook on Transitional Justice. Ed. Cheryl Lawther, Luke Moffett, and Dov Jacobs. London: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2017
  • Dixon, Peter / Pham, Phuong N., Patrick Vinck, Bridget Marchesi, Douglas Johnson, Kathryn Sikkink.. "Evaluating Transitional Justice: The Role of Multi-Level Mixed Methods Datasets and the Colombia Reparation Program for War Victims." Transitional Justice Review 1. 4 (2016).
  • Dixon, Peter / Sikkink, Kathryn, Phuong N. Pham, Douglas A. Johnson, Bridget Marchesi, Patrick Vinck. An Evaluation of Comprehensive Reparations Measures in Colombia: Accomplishments and Challenges. Cambridge Carr Center for Human Rights Policy: 2015.
  • Dixon, Peter. "Reparations and the Politics of Recognition." Contested Justice: The Politics and Practice of International Criminal Court Interventions. Ed. Carsten Stahn, Christian de Vos, and Sara Kendall. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015
  • Dixon, Peter. "Reparations, Assistance and the Experience of Justice: Lessons from Colombia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo." International Journal of Transitional Justice 10. 1 (2015): 88-107.
  • Dixon, Peter / Chris Tenove. "International Criminal Justice as a Transnational Field: Rules, Authority and Victims." International Journal of Transitional Justice 7. 3 (2013): 393-412.