Vilma Balmaceda
Professor of Leadership

Born and raised in Lima, Peru, Dr. Vilma "Nina" 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 serves as associate director of the Center for Reconciliation and associate teaching professor of the practice of reconciliation at Duke University. Nina 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 in Latin America. Nina and her family live in Creedmoor, North Carolina.


  • Ph.D. in Political Science, Univesity of Notre Dame

  • MA in Government and International Studies

  • MA in International Peace Studies

  • Juris Doctorate, Pontifical Catholic University of Peru