Soolmaz Abooali

Soolmaz Abooali

Peace Operations, MS, George Mason University, 2010

Biography

Soolmaz Abooali is a PhD student and Graduate Research Assistant at the George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (S-CAR) where she studies the ways in which athletes create social change. Soolmaz serves as the Public Affairs Liaison at S-CAR’s Center for the Study of Gender and Conflict (CGC) and is a fellow at the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition. She is an eight-time US National Champion and world medalist in traditional karate, as well as the highest-placing American athlete (silver) at the invitational World Cup.

Merging theory and practice, Soolmaz works with the United States Department of State in creating programs that leverage martial arts for peacebuilding and empowerment purposes; specifically with groups from Turkey, Tajikistan, Iraq, Israel, and Palestine. She has represented the American Amateur Karate Federation (AAKF) and the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) on the Voice of America Farsi network. Among her notable accomplishments, Soolmaz spearheaded USIP’s first-ever event - “Sport and Peacebuilding” Symposium, and is the host of S-CAR’s media platform “Sport and Peace: Scholar-Athlete Initiatives”. While continuing her academic, professional, and athletic goals, Soolmaz strives to pay it forward. She is an Advisory Board member at George Mason University's Center for Sport Management, Research Affiliate for the Chair Philip Noel-Baker on Sport for Rights, Development and Peace at the University of Nice, France, and senior instructor at the Japanese Shotokan Karate Associatio



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