“I believe in young people, and in the importance of supporting their agency. I believe in the wisdom of community.”
Associate ProfessorPeace Studies
Ailish Hopper is a poet, writer, and collaborator. The author of two books of poetry and numerous essays, she’s received fellowships from MacDowell Colony, Maryland State Arts Council, and Yaddo, and her writing has appeared in American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Harvard Review, Poetry, and many other places. Her collaborations, the subject of one of her next books, explore self-determination, transformative repair, and non-extractive community-building, especially along racial lines; essays in that book use a post-conflict approach to imagine rebuilding after white supremacy. At Goucher she teaches classes on nonviolence, social practice, poetry, and new narrative practices. She’s also taught at UMBC in the graduate program in visual art. Her interest in self-determination and transformative community extend to her teaching, where she tries to support students to explore their agency, realize their unique capabilities, and imagine and speak new possibilities. In all her roles she tries to honor the tradition that Paolo Freire described as the “vocation to be fully human.”
- August 13, 2019
In the essay, Row refers to Associate Professor of Peace Studies Ailish Hopper, who she had spoken to about national ethnic conflicts. Hopper compared the current state of the U.S. to that of Yugoslavia in the 1990s and Northern Ireland in the 1970s.