Dr. Orli Fridman holds a Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (SCAR), George Mason University (2006). Dr. Fridman is an associate professor at the Faculty of Media and Communications (FMK), Singidunum University where she heads the Center for Comparative Conflict Studies (CFCCS). She also is the academic director of the SIT study abroad program in the Balkans (Peace and Conflict Studies in Serbia, Bosnia and Kosovo).
Her interdisciplinary research interests focus on Conflict Transformation and Comparative Conflict Studies. Her recent research projects focus on Kosovo-Serbia relations and on Memory Work and Memory Activism in Serbia. She also is interested in the role of social memory studies in teaching and researching conflict transformation in divided societies as well as in critical approaches to encounters of groups in conflict (with focus on Serbia-Kosovo and Israeli-Palestinian relations).
Since 1994, Dr. Fridman has been involved in political education. She was trained as a facilitator for groups in conflict and worked with groups from Israel/Palestine, Northern Ireland, Cyprus, and the successor states of the former Yugoslavia.
Her most recent publications include: ”Alternative Calendars and Memory Work in Serbia: Anti-War Activism after Milošević” (Memory Studies 8, 2015); Unstructured Daily Encounters: Serbs in Kosovo after the 2008 Declaration of Independence" (Contemporary Southeastern Europe, 2/1, 2015); “Structured Encounters in Post-Conflict/Post-Yugoslav Days: Visiting Belgrade and Prishtina” (Civil Society and Transitional Justice in the Balkans, 2013).