Born and raised in Lima, Peru, Dr. Balmaceda is a scholar-practitioner whose work focuses on education and civic leadership development for justice, peace, and reconciliation. She holds a law degree from the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru; master’s degrees in international peace studies, and in government; and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Notre Dame du Lac.
Nina is a missional strategist at the Center for Reconciliation and associate professor of the practice of reconciliation at Duke University’s Divinity School. She also serves as president of Peace and Hope International (PHI), a Christian nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing and confronting violence and other forms of injustice. Working through its sister organizations in Latin America, Peace and Hope seeks to promote structural transformation mobilizing and supporting communities, families, and individuals to actively engage in local and national peacebuilding efforts.
Nina and her family live in Durham, North Carolina.