Prof notes - Caroline Hartzell

Prof Caroline HartzellMentoring

I went to a liberal arts college, myself—the University of Puget Sound. It hadn’t occurred to me to get my PhD until I had faculty who said, “So, when you go to graduate school....” To have that kind of influence on someone is harder at a big institution. You can get to know students here.

The Gettysburg Cycle

In fall, we kicked off the first of a four-year cycle of themes based on policy issues. Each topic has global, national, and local implications; each can be considered through multiple lenses; and each can connect the academic and co-curricular. is year, we are looking at food and food justice. Next year, health will be our theme.

Research and teaching

My research is on contemporary (post- WWII) civil conflict, which I became interested in because my mother is from Colombia—a country that has had more than one civil war. I specialize in looking at negotiated settlements and, in particular, power-sharing agreements to end civil war. My research is very important to me, in part because of its policy implications. Connecting to the relevant policy communities can be something of a challenge when one teaches at a liberal arts college, but Gettysburg College has been very supportive.

Prof. Caroline Hartzell is founding director of the College’s Globalization Studies program, current director of the Center for the Study of Global Issues, and editor of the journal Conflict Management and Peace Science. Her courses center on international relations. Read about the Year of Food and the Gettysburg Cycle.


Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition. Alumni include Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate, and other distinguished scholars. The college enrolls 2,600 undergraduate students and is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.

Posted: Wed, 1 Feb 2017

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