Charles Davidson

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Titles and Organizations

Research Assistant Professor
Political Leadership Academy Director

Contact Information



Charles E. Davidson, PhD is a Research Assistant Professor at the Carter School at George Mason University specializing in the study of civil war, armed groups, and local peace processes along with American identity politics. He directs the Rotary and Carter School Collaboration for Peace and the Political Leadership Academy which focuses on equipping American leaders with skills and ideas necessary to sustain democracy. He earned his PhD in Conflict Analysis and Resolution the Carter School (the S-CAR) and has been in professional peacebuilding and research for 15 years including in Iraq, Afghanistan, Uganda, Burundi, the D.R. Congo, Tunisia, Colombia, and elsewhere. 

Honors and Awards

  • John Burton Scholarship 2018, George Mason University, School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution
  • Peacebuilding Practice Fundraising - $515,000 , ForgottenSong, Inc.
  • Scholarly Research and Travel Awards $12,000,
  • Conference Organizing Fundraising $35,000,


  • ForgottenSong, Inc. - President
  • Black Rock Main Street – Board of Directors
  • The Explorer’s Club – Member

Media Appearances

Presentations and Performances

  • Afghan Lawmaker Conflict Resolution Education Seminar
    George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution
  • Proximity, Time, Nostalgia and the Collective Action Frames of a Transnational Insurgency: The Kurdish PDKI of Iran
    2019 | CEEISA Joint International Conference, Belgrade, Serbia Jun 2019


  • PhD, Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University
  • MA, Cultural Anthropology, University of Arkansas
  • BA, International Relations, University of Arkansas