Bruce Pearson is Program Associate for Education and Research at ICNC, where he supports online courses, curriculum fellowships, research, and writing on the use of civil resistance to win rights, freedom, and justice. Bruce was born in a newly independent Zimbabwe and raised in South Africa during the decline and fall of the Apartheid regime, where Nelson Mandela’s leadership and a people power movement’s use of civil resistance tactics culminated in the establishment of democracy for the country. He is passionate about researching and sharing how movements can use nonviolent action to reclaim autonomy and shift power from the hands of the oppressors to the oppressed.
Bruce holds a Master of Arts in International Relations from American University’s School of International Service, with an emphasis in International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution. He is passionate about the Middle East and studied in East Jerusalem during his graduate program. He has traveled extensively, visiting over 20 countries on four continents.