Elana Micahl Haviv, Ph.D. is a 2023 graduate of the PHD Program in Leadership and Change at Antioch University.

Elana Haviv and search committee: Philomena Essed, Donna Ladkin, and Falk Pingel

Elana Micahl Haviv at her Dissertation Defense.

From L-R: Dr. Philomena Essed, Committee Chair, Dr. Donna Ladkin, Committee Member, Dr. Falk Pingel, Committee Member.

Dissertation Committee

  • Philomena Essed, Ph.D., Committee Chair
  • Donna Ladkin, Ph.D., Committee Member
  • Falk Pingel, Ph.D., Committee Member


bricolage, BiH, Bosnia Herzegovina, trauma, courage, teachers, war, leadership

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The purpose of this study was to identify the preconditions that inspire courageous action through exploration of the choices made by four classroom teachers in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Each educator had made the decision not only to teach during or after the 1992–1995 war and genocide in their country, but to do so in ways that went against official post-war teaching guidelines. Although there are a vast number of studies on courage in literature, there is little research that includes teachers who remained in their classrooms during wartime or chose to enter their classrooms in transitional societies after their communities experienced a war and genocide. Bricolage researchers investigate topics in exploratory ways beyond the standard and accepted sensemaking tactics to reveal unique outcomes that may have previously existed but have not yet had light shed upon them. As the bricoleur, I threaded three divergent topics: courage, a violent history, and sharing of personal narratives through the five senses. The teachers shared a range of artifacts with me, which created the foundation of this study. These three topics, although vastly different from one another, when merged provided insight into the pre-conditions needed to encourage courageous action. Stories, artifact photos or other materials are included within the dissertation as well as a digital archive I created. The archive includes the anecdotes, artifacts and historical context as a supplemental element to support the study and serve as a window to the wartime and post-war teacher experiences. This dissertation is available in open access at AURA ( and OhioLINK ETD Center (


Elana Haviv

Elana Micahl Haviv

ORCID Scholar ID #: #0009-0005-8588-5040

Elana is the founder and Executive Director of Generation Human Rights, a non-profit organization that empowers youth to chart a world free of human rights abuse & genocide through human rights education in the classroom and in the field ( She has designed and implemented human rights-based curriculum projects for schools across the United States and in Europe, in refugee camp settings, and in humanitarian emergencies worldwide. Her independent consulting work has included editing and revising teaching materials on anti-Semitism for the OSCE/ODIHR. Elana has also written four guides for UNESCO aimed at providing practical advice for teachers on launching and managing constructive classroom discussions on violent extremism. She is on the Executive Committee of Human Rights Educators USA. She holds an MA in Historiography in Education from Antioch University McGregor, and an MA and a PhD in Leadership and Change from Antioch University. Elana is an Oral History Fellow at Columbia University and a George Eckert Institute of International Textbook Research fellow.