Special Guest Speaker

Silja Bára Ómarsdóttir

Dr. Silja Bára Ómarsdóttir is Professor of International Affairs at the Faculty of Political Science at the University of Iceland. Her research mainly focuses on Icelandic society and politics, the Icelandic left, reproductive rights, Iceland’s foreign and security policy and feminist international relations. She holds degrees in BA, MA and PhD degrees international relations from Lewis & Clark College, the University of Southern California, and University College Cork, as well as post-graduate certificates in methodology of social sciences and university teaching from the University of Iceland. Dr. Ómarsdóttir was a delegate on Iceland’s Constitutional Council in 2011, where she chaired the committee addressing human rights and natural resources. Currently she is President of the Icelandic Red Cross, member of the University of Iceland’s University Council, vice chair of the board of its Institute of International Affairs, research director at Höfði – Reykjavík Peace Centre, and co-editor in chief of Scandinavian Political Studies.