Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies

Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies

Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies works for sustainable peace and justice through innovative education, interdisciplinary scholarship, advanced practice and policy engagement.

  • Founded in 2007
  • Offers MA in Peace and Justice
  • Focus areas: conflict analysis and resolution, human rights, development and human security
  • Benefit from two practice-oriented institutes: the Institute for Peace and Justice and the Trans-Border Institute


Patricia Márquez, PhD, DEAN

Lee Ann Otto, PhD, ASSOCIATE DEAN, DIRECTOR, MA Program in Peace and Justice Studies

Louis Cappella, ASSISTANT DEAN, for Administration and Operations

Dee Aker, PhD, DIRECTOR, Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice

Everard Meade, PhD, DIRECTOR, Trans-Border Institute

Diana Kutlow, MA, DIRECTOR, Development and Alumni Relations

Marisa Alioto, BA, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, Graduate Student Services


Ami Carpenter, PhD, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding, Resilience to Violent Conflict

Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick, PhD, ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, Social Movements, Technology and Peacebuilding, Global Governance

William Godnick, PhD, ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, Small Business and Peacebuilding, Armed Violence and Development, Human Rights and Multinational Enterprise

William R. Headley, CSSp, PhD, PROFESSOR, Interreligious Peacebuilding, Conflict Resolution

Christopher McDougal, PhD, ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, Economic Development and Peacebuilding, Research Methodologies

Dustin Sharp, JD, ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, Human Rights, Transitional Justice, Human Rights Advocacy

Necla Tshirgi, PhD, PROFESSOR of Practice, Human Security and Peacebuilding; Peacebuilding, Security and Development Nexus