Larisa Kasumagić- Kafedžić

Larisa Kasumagić- Kafedžić, a 2003-04 Cornell University Humphrey Fellow Alumni, will return to Cornell University as a Fulbright Visiting Scholar Fellow. She will spend the 2022-23 academic year focused on her research project “Teachers as Agents of Change: Education for Peace and Social Responsibility.” She will collaborate closely with schools, teachers and teacher educators in Ithaca and the region, while also providing various lectures and seminars on her expertise, experience and research with students, professors and community members at Cornell in the 2022-23 academic year.

For the past 25 years, Larisa has been actively involved in peaceful actions, community youth development programs, the philosophy of nonviolence, teacher development, and intercultural pedagogy. During the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina in the 90s, she co-founded a local organization that provided psycho-social support for children and their families traumatized by the war.

She holds an MPS in International Development and Education from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in English Language Pedagogy and Intercultural Education from Sarajevo University

While participating in the Cornell Humphrey Fellowship Program, she focused her work, practice, and research on community youth development and peace education. She also worked closely with the Boston-based organization Facing History And Ourselves. She has continued to collaborate with them for almost 20 years.

Larisa Kasumagić- Kafedžić is an associate professor at the University of Sarajevo’s Department of English Language and Literature in the Faculty of Philosophy. Her research interests are in the fields of intercultural education, peace pedagogy, language education, teacher training, reflective pedagogies and action research in teacher development. She is also the founder and a president of the Peace Education Hub which was established at the University of Sarajevo in early 2020.