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Ian S. McIntosh, PhD 
IUPUI Director of International Partnerships

Founder, Reconciliation Watch

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Profile - Ian S. McIntosh


Director of International Partnerships in the Office of International Affairs at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI) 2004-current

Founder and Director, Reconciliation Watch

Associate Director of the Confucius Institute in Indianapolis. 2007-current

Adjunct Professor of Anthropology, IUPUI School Of Liberal Arts  2004 - current

I spearhead Indiana University's strategic partnerships in Kenya, Mexico and China. The Moi University, Kenya strategic partnership builds on the success of the IU Medical School's work in the fight against HIV/AIDS - a project that was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2008, 2009 and 2010.  In 2009, my team was a recipient of the Hieskell Award for innovation in international education and in 2011 we were awarded the Senator Paul Simon Award for comprehensive internationsalization. 

My  research interests focus on issues of "Truth and Reconciliation" and I teach a class at IUPUI that utilizes a unique 'reconciliation barometer' to shed light on the quest for reconciliation through treaties, peace accords, apologies, reparations, truth commissions, and memorials. In 2008, I team-taught a course on foreign policy in collaboration with professors from the University of Tehran, and in 2011 I led a virtual study abroad program to the Gaza Strip. These courses, which involve live video links to classrooms in Tehran and Gaza City, were designed to break down stereotypes and build bridges of understanding and cooperation between the US, Iran and Gaza. See

Recent Awards, Teachings

Winter School Workshop Leader 2012, University of Queensland, School of International Studies
Rotary World Peace Fellow 2010 (Chulalongkorn University, Thailand)

Presidential Fellow, Cornell College, Summer 2011

Office of International Affairs - International Partnerships Awards

2011 Senator Paul Simon Award from NAFSA for Comprehensive Internationalization - International Partnerships

2009 Andrew Heiskell Award for Innovation in International Education - International Partnerships
2008 Energy Globe Award for Sustanaibility, Brussels (Country project - Armenia Tree Project)

From 2002-2004,: Deputy Country Director of the Armenia Tree Project, based in Yerevan and Boston, where I developed, initiated and raised funds for programs of reforestation and poverty reduction. (See below)

From 1997-2002: Managing Director of the Harvard-based international indigenous rights organization, Cultural Survival Inc. and senior editorial advisor for the Cultural Survival Quarterly, the premier scholarly journal promoting the rights, voices, and visions, of the world’s indigenous peoples.

See me at a Kurdish protest in Washington D.C. aganist Turkish aggression in the late 1990s:  

In the 1980s and 1990s, I worked as a teacher-linguist and outstation education supervisor at Galiwin'ku (Elcho Island) in Australia's Northern Territory. I am an adopted member of the Wangurri clan. As an anthropologist in Kakadu National Park and Western Arnhem Land, I also worked on land, sea (and air) claims and campaigns on behalf of traditional Aboriginal owners. I lead a Summer study abroad tour from Indiana to Australia that focuses on the struggles of indigenous peoples for justice and reconciliation. (See Showcase)

Reforestation in Armenia 2002-2004
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Following the fall of the Soviet Union and the outbreak of war with Azerbaijan over the contested province of Nagorno Karabagh, Armenia's oil and natural gas supplies were slashed and Armenia's precious forests took a major blow. Today, the young nation of Armenia faces the prospect of desertification within a period of less than 20 years. Fortunately, NGOs like the Armenia Tree Project are making the world of difference with major reforestation and poverty reduction programs throughout the country (see web link above).  In this photo, agronomist Genik Movesesyan and Ian turn the soil in a major planting near the ancient monastery of Khor Virap in the Mt. Ararat foothills.
In 2002-2004, Ian and forester George Nercessian, along with the staff of ATP, established a novel backyard tree nursey program in the village of Aygut in northern Armenia. By 2008, this program had expanded to many other villages in the Getik River Valley and it was awarded the prestigious Energy Globe National Award for Sustainability in Brussels. See press release link below:

Recent Career Highlights:
# 2009 'Hiroshima Speaks' Live-link to Takashi Teramoto and the Hiroshima Peace Museum
# 2009 'Voices at Risk, Visions of Hope' Speaker Series (in Partnership with the Scholars at Risk Network, NYU, and Human Rights Works)
# 2009 IUPUI Coordinator for planning a Reconciliation Symposium, in Eldoret, Kenya
# 2007: Speaker Series - IUPUI's Live-Link to the Middle East (Lebanon, Israel/Palestine, Turkey, Iran, Saudi Arabia) & 2006: IUPUI Seminar Series - International Research Ethics (With IU Center on Bioethics)
# Faciliating the signing of a strategic partnership between Indiana University (IUPUI) and Moi University -described by US Ambassador to Kenya as the most comprehensive partnership in existence between an American and an African university. (2006)
# Initiation of a major poverty reduction/reforestation project in the Getik Valley, Armenia, involving over 200 refugee families (See Resume)
# Plenary presentation at the Indigenous Peoples Global Conference, United Nations, New York, on the topic “Who is indigenous?” (2002)
# Consultant, Mining Minerals and Sustainable Development project. I.I.E.D. Topic: Global overview of mining and sustainable indigenous futures (2002)
# Consultant, National Geographic Society, Indigenous peoples of Oceania (2001)
# Keynote speaker, Harvard University South American ‘Oil in Fragile Environments’ Dialogues, Miami and Cambridge (1999)
# Keynote presentation, U.S.- Africa Energy Minister’s Conference, Tucson (1999) on the subject, “The Social Dimension of Mega-Development”

Conference Organization:
* IUPUI-Moi University Symposium on the Social Sciences and HIV/AIDS in East Africa. (2007)
* Indigenous/Tribal Societies and Pluri-Ethnic States, Peabody Museum,
Harvard University
* Indigenous Women of the Americas Forum, Gutman Center, Harvard University
* Hydroelectric Dams and their Social and Environmental Impact on Indigenous Peoples, Geological Hall, Harvard University
* Justice before Reconciliation. A critique of Canada’s reconciliation agenda. Center for the Study of World Religions. Harvard University
* Achieving Reconciliation in Guatemala, Tufts University
* A Siberian-Mongolian Cultural and Ecological Exchange. Weatherhead Center, Harvard University
* Endangered Cultures, Endangered Lives. Cultural Survival for Kurds and Tibetans at home and abroad. Kennedy School of Government. Harvard University.

2 books, 20 peer-reviewed research papers, 35 short essays, 14 editorials, 35 book reviews, 20 online publications and news reports, 21 presentations at international conferences (4 as plenary speaker, 7 as guest lecturer). Acted as academic reference for the journals Human Organization and Anthropology Today.

2000.    Aboriginal Reconciliation and the Dreaming. Warramiri Yolngu and the Quest for Equality. 
             Cultural Survival Series on Ethnicity and Change. Allyn and Bacon, Boston.
1994.    The Whale and the Cross. Conversations with David Burrumarra. M.B.E. Northern Territory
             Historical Society, Darwin.

Selection of recent papers
2006.    A Treaty with the Macassans? Burrumarra and the Dholtji ideal. TAJA 7(2)
2006.    Why Umbulka killed its master. In 'A Communion of Subjects. Animals in religion, 
             science and ethics.
' P. Waldau and K. Patton (eds.) Columbia University Press
2006.    The Totemic Embrace (2): A sacred lens, a vision of wholeness. Australian Folklore 21(See 
             Publications link)
2005.    The Totemic Embrace: Belonging and Otherness in the Australian Bush. Australian 
20 (See Publications link)
2004.    Personal Names and the Negotiation of Change: Reconsidering Arnhem Land’s 
             Adjustment Movement. Anthropological Forum
2004.    The Iron Furnace of Birrinydji. In A. Rumsey and J. Wiener (eds.) Mining and 
             Indigenous Lifeworlds in Australia and Papua New Guinea
, Sean Kingston 
             Publishing, Oxon.
2003.    Mining and Indigenous Peoples: Stakeholder Strategies and Tactics. IIED, London.
2003.    Reconciling Personal and Impersonal Worlds. Aboriginal Struggles for Self-
             Determination. In Levi J. and Dean B. (eds.) At the Risk of Being Heard. University 
             of Michigan
2002.    Defining Oneself and Being Defined as, Indigenous. Anthropology Today. 18.3
2001.    Anthropologists and Aboriginal Reconciliation: The efficacy of symbolic reconciliatory 
             gestures. Practicing Anthropology. February.
2000.    Sacred Memory and Living Tradition. Aboriginal Art of the Macassan Period in 
             North-East Arnhem Land.
The Oxford Companion to Aboriginal Art and Culture
2000.    When will we know we are reconciled? Anthropology Today. October.



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