Fellows and Associates

The GHfP Institute actively creates dialogue spaces for intellectual exchange, engagement with thematic exploration, collaborative research, and knowledge creation.

To this end, we invite global scholars and researchers to join our growing network of Fellows and Associates. Each year, the Fellows and Associates take part in our research symposia and conferences, contribute to our courses and programmes, and contribute to our research publications.

Rob Corcoran is a trainer, facilitator, writer, and racial healing practitioner. He has led trustbuilding workshops among diverse and polarized groups across North America, Europe, South Africa, Brazil, India and Australia. He served as national director for Initiatives of Change USA and founded its internationally recognized program Hope in the Cities in Richmond Va. Rob’s book Trustbuilding: An Honest Conversation on Race, Reconciliation, and Responsibility has been described as a “visionary, compelling account of healing and change.” Read Rob’s full bio HERE.

Professor Myriam Cottias is a colonial historian, specialist in slavery in the Caribbean area, is research director at the CNRS (CRPLC, University of the Antilles and Guyana). She heads the International Center for Research on Slavery, actors, actresses, systems, representations. She is president of the national committee for the memory and history of slavery.

Professor Souleymane Bachir Diagne is an alumnus of the École Normale Supérieure, he holds an agrégation in Philosophy (1978) and he took his Doctorat d’État in philosophy at the Sorbonne (1988)). Before joining Columbia University in 2008 he taught philosophy for many years at Cheikh Anta Diop University, Dakar (Senegal) and at Northwestern University. His field of research includes history of logic, history of philosophy, Islamic philosophy, African philosophy and literature. Souleymane Bachir Diagne’s current teaching interests include history of early modern philosophy, philosophy and Sufism in the Islamic world, African philosophy and literature, twentieth century French philosophy. 

Professor Kenneth J. Gergen is Senior Research Professor in Psychology at Swarthmore College, and the President of the Taos Institute. Upon receiving his PhD from Duke University, Gergen served as an Assistant Professor at Harvard University, after which he took a position as Chair of the Department off Psychology at Swarthmore College. He has also served as a visiting professor at the Sorbonne, Heidelberg University, Kyoto University, Marburg University, Trento University, Ritsumaikon University, and as a Senior Research Scientist at the Eastern Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute. Gergen is a major figure in the development of relational theory and its applications to practices of social change. He has published over 300 articles in journals, magazines and books, and his major books include Toward Transformation in Social Knowledge, The Saturated Self, Realities and Relationships, An Invitation to Social Construction (4th edition), and Relational Being: Beyond Self and Community.

Steve Killelea founded the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) in 2007 as an independent not-for-profit global research institute analysing the intertwined relationships between business, peace and economic development. As one of the world’s most impactful think tanks, IEP’s research is extensively used by multi-laterals, including the United Nations, World Bank, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), as well as taught in thousands of university courses around the world. He is also the creator of the Global Peace Index, the world’s leading quantitative measurement of global peacefulness, ranking 163 countries, and independent territories. Steve currently serves on the President’s Circle for Club de Madrid, the largest forum of democratic former Presidents and Prime Ministers working to strengthen democracy. In 2010, Steve was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for his service to the community through the global peace movement, and he was nominated three times for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Joe Louis Washington is a human rights advocate, social critic, curator of stories, and peacebuilder. Joe’s professional background spans the areas of university related teaching and training (including in various capacities as an international lecturer and trainer in human rights and conflict resolution); public policy development and analysis; philanthropy; and peacekeeping. Joe has presented papers and/or published articles on topics related to conflict prevention, the right to self-determination, human security, Gandhian approach to non-violence, the rights of indigenous peoples, and barriers to the effective implementation of human rights, specifically economic, social and cultural rights. Among Joe’s various activities include: Organizer and Curator, hiSTORY, herSTORY, theirSTORY, mySTORY, ourSTORY; Collaborator, Ubuntu House; President – Global Vision Institute (GVI); Fellow, Complexity University; and Managing Director of the Nia Foundation (TNF).

Professor Erica Wilkins is the Program Director for the Masters of Couple and Family Therapy Program at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her research explores the ways in which the residuals of slavery affect African American individuals, couples and families and implications for clinical practice. This research also highlights the training needs for therapists who work with descendants of formerly enslaved Africans.  Professor Wilkins has been an invited television and radio contributor and has presented at local, national, and international conferences.  Through her private practice she assists clients in coping with the residual effects of slavery, recovery from various historical traumas, grief and loss, anxiety, depression, trauma and abuse and addiction, culturally competent services, and contextual therapy.