Victoria C. Fontan, Ph.D.

Life & Work

Victoria Christine Fontan is a Member of the HumanDHS Board of Directors, the HumanDHS Global Advisory Board, the HumanDHS Global Core Team, the HumanDHS Research Team, and the HumanDHS Research Team. She is furthermore the former Co-Editor of the Journal of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies (JHDHS).

Victoria is an analyst with a demonstrated history of working in the international affairs industry, specifically higher education. She has diverse experience in Nonprofit Organizations, Scientific Capacity Co-operation, Peace and Conflict Studies, Intercultural Communication, Politics, and Political Science. Currently working on the professionalization of the humanitarian sector.

Victoria is based in France. Prior to this, she was a Research Fellow at the Center for Peace and Human Security at The American University of Kurdistan, and at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana Cali in Colombia. Before that, she spent time as a Research Student at the Department of War Studies at Kings College in London. For many years, Victoria was the Director of Academic Development and Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at the United Nations-mandated University for Peace in San Jose, Costa Rica. As a Fellow to the Iraq Project at the CICR in Columbia University, Victoria has also been in charge of developing a permanent conflict resolution curriculum in northern Iraqi universities.

Prior to 2005, Victoria was Assistant Professor of Conflict Resolution at Salahaddin University, Erbil, Iraq, subsequent to being a Visiting Assistant Professor of Peace Studies at Colgate University, NY, where she lectured in conflict resolution and peace studies. Earlier, Victoria was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Sabanci University, in Turkey. She lectured in the MA Program in Conflict Resolution and Analysis and also conducted research on conflict resolution processes and the politics of communication.

Victoria holds a Ph.D. in Peace and Development Studies. She published many papers on multi-track diplomacy, human trafficking, the public diplomacy of armed groups and the formation of political violence in post-conflict societies. Central to her work has been a conceptualisation of post-conflict processes through the study of social, gendered, cultural, economic and political humiliation. She has conducted field research in Lebanon with the Hezbollah, in Bosnia-Herzegovina on human trafficking and organised crime, and in Fallujah (post-Saddam Iraq) with emerging armed groups. She is also involved in gender training for peacekeeping operations, and has lectured to various armed forces on the subject.

In 2005, Victoria C. Fontan kindly offered to develop an edited book on Violent Conflict and Humiliation (with the help of Linda Hartling, Arie Nadler, and Evelin Lindner) with the contributions of the participants of our Workshops on Humiliation and Violent Conflict in 2004 and 2005 in NY.


Publications & Articles

  Fontan, Victoria C. (2013)
Decolonizing Peace
Lake Oswego, OR: Dignity Press, November 2013.
  Fontan, Victoria C. (2008)
Voices from Post-Saddam Iraq: Living with Terrorism, Insurgency, and New Forms of Tyranny
Westport, CT: Greenwood/Praeger Security International.
  Fontan, Victoria C. (2006)
Hubris, History, and Humiliation: Quest for Utopia in Post-Saddam Iraq
In Social Alternatives (Special Issue "Humiliation and History in Global Perspectives"), Vol. 25, No. 1, First Quarter, pp. 56-61, 2006.
  Wyatt-Brown, Bertram & Fontan, Victoria C. (2005)
"The Honor Factor"
Op Ed in The Baltimore Sun, January 23, 2005, p. 5F
Please see here the original long version.


Fontan, Victoria C. (2003)
The Dialectics of Humiliation: Polarization between Occupier and Occupied in Post-Saddam Iraq
Unpublished draft (not to be cited without author's authorization).