The Peace & Violence Research is a research laboratory housed in the School of Public Affairs at American University.

The purpose of the Peace and Violence Research Lab (PVRL) is to support undergraduate and graduate research on topics related to peace and political violence. 

We are seeking applications from motivated undergraduate and graduate students with an interest in conducting scholarly research under the mentorship of a faculty researcher. 

Become a Fellow!

As a fellow in the lab, you will work with a faculty mentor whose interest matches your own. You will have the chance to develop your own research project, present the research at conferences, and collaborate closely with faculty. There will be research workshops and meetings throughout the year to gain research skills and feedback on your project.

There are slots for undergraduates and for graduate students for the 2016-2017 academic year. Please email your completed applications to Thomas Zeitzoff with the subject line PVRL APPLICATION, no later than Sept. 15. We will then contact the final candidates for interviews. If you have any questions about the PVRL or the application process, please email