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. In addition to leading PHI, Nina serves as the associate director of the Center for Reconciliation and associate consulting professor of the practice of reconciliation at Duke University’s Divinity School. Nina and her family live in Creedmoor, North Carolina.