Randall Salm

Randall Salm

Randall Salm

Adjunct Faculty

Sociology: Peace, armed conflict, child soldier identity

Randall Salm is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the College of Southern Maryland in Leonardtown, MD. Over the last 30 years, he has worked in a variety of fields including higher education, social science research, conflict resolution, peacebuilding and exploitive child labor. Since 1990 he has taught over 100 courses in sociology and conflict resolution, and written on conflict resolution, peace education, child labor and ethnic conflict in Syria. From 1995 to 2002 he led conflict resolution and human rights training in Colombia. Since 2002 he has led juvenile justice training with Fairfax County; supervised USDOL exploitative child labor cooperative agreements; and supported numerous social research projects. Randall supported World Vision and UNICEF peace education work, including a conflict analysis of the education sector in Rakhine State, Myanmar in 2014. In 2015-2016 he led a research unit for the NGO Forum in Turkey, conducting primary research on the Syrians affected by the armed conflict leading to six reports addressing displacement, protection, and humanitarian access. 

Expanded Publication List

Ø  Report on the Population Affected by Armed Conflict in Syria.  December 2015.  Antakya, Turkey: NGO Forum, 2015.

Ø  No Where Safe to Go: A Study of Internally Displaced Population Movement for the Affected Population in Syria.  Antakya, Turkey: NGO Forum, December 2015.

Ø  A Study of Attacks by Armed Groups in Syria and Syrian Civilians Casualties in 2015.  Antakya, Turkey: NGO Forum, November 2015.

Ø  Report on the Population Affected by Armed Conflict in Syria.  August 2015.  Antakya, Turkey: NGO Forum, 2015.

Ø  Report on the Population Affected by Armed Conflict in Syria.  July 2015.  Antakya, Turkey: NGO Forum, 2015.

Ø  Report on the Population Affected by Armed Conflict in Syria.  June 2015.  Antakya, Turkey: NGO Forum, 2015.

Ø   “Conflict Analysis of the Education Sector in Rakhine State for the UNICEF Peacebuilding, Education and Advocacy in Conflict Affected Countries Programme.” UNICEF Myanmar.  Yangon, Myanmar.  April 2014.  Unpublished report.      

Ø  “Literature Review of Evaluative Approaches for Education Strategies in Peacebuilding and Approach for the Evaluability Assessment of UNICEF’s Peacebuilding, Education and Advocacy Programme.”  The Konterra Group, for UNICEF’s Evaluation Section, New York, 2012.   

Ø  “A Pilot Study of Quality of Life Indicators in Fairfax County, VA.”  Fairfax, VA: GMU Center for Social Science Research, 2008.  

Ø  Survey on Community Issues for Kings Park Civic Association.”  Fairfax, VA: Center for Social Science Research, 2008.  

Ø  Country reports for “Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Guyana and Venezuela,” for the U.S. Department of Labor’s 2006 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor, Washington DC, September 2007.  

Ø  Laws Governing Exploitive Child Labor Report and the Child Labor section of the Labor Rights Report for the Free Trade Agreements for Peru and Colombia, Washington, DC 2007 and 2008.  

Ø  “From Conflict Resolution Curriculum to Peace Camps,” in And the Children Shall Lead Them: An NGO Journey Into Peace Education, Federal Way, WA: World Vision, 2006.

Ø  Final Report of the Evaluation on the Use of Mediation to Solve Civil Conflict in Panama, in Spanish. Panama: Management Sciences for Development and USAID, 2002.

Ø  Handbook of Techniques for Conciliation, in Spanish. Bogotá: Management Sciences for Development and USAID, 2001.

Ø  “A Study of Student Conflict in Colombian Schools,” in Spanish, coauthored with Eduardo Gomez, in Investigación Educativa y Formación Docente. Bogotá: El Bosque University, 2000.

Ø  A Short History of a Little Old Lady: The Life and Times of Nok (Delia) Den Boer.  Wisconsin, 1999.  

Ø  The Solution of Conflicts in Schools, in Spanish. Bogotá: Edit. Magisterio, 1999.  170 pages. 6,000 copies sold in Latin America to date.

Ø  Staff and Residential Handbooks - Jennings Transitional Living Program, Jennings Progressive Association.  Washington, DC, 1994.  

Ø  “Refugee and Displaced Children: The Legacy of Armed Conflict,” in Hunger, 1993: Uprooted People.  Washington, DC: Bread for the World Institute, 1993.

Ø  “Peace Education: Framework and References” for the Inter-regional Training Workshops on Children in Armed Conflict. New York: UNICEF, 1991.


  • Ph.D., Sociology, globalization specialization, 2016, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA 
  • Master of Science, Business Administration, 2004, UW Whitewater, Whitewater, WI
  • Master of Science, Conflict Analysis and Resolution, 1992, George Mason Univ., Fairfax, VA
  • Bachelor of Arts, History, 1988.  Lakeland College, Sheboygan, WI