Leadership & Faculty
Dr. Carl Stauffer, Academic Director, is an Associate Professor of Justice and Development Studies at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University. Formerly, he was coordinator of peace education and training at the Wilgespruit Fellowship Center in South Africa, where he and his family resided for 16 years. During this period he gained important orientation in post-Apartheid South Africa through working with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the National Peace Accord, and participating in community-policing forums and local development committees. In 2000, Dr. Stauffer was appointed as the Regional Peace Coordinator for the Mennonite Central Committee, an international relief and development agency, which gave him the opportunity to travel and work in post-war conflict ‘hot-spots’ in 20 different countries across Africa.
In 2001, Dr Stauffer helped initiate and launch the African Peacebuilding Institute (API) located in Kitwe, Zambia. Now in its 11th year of operation, the API has provided a 4-6 week training program for peace practitioners from across Africa to learn from each other and be transformed in their work for peace. He also taught at the Great Lakes Peacebuilding Seminar in Gitega, Burundi. His peacebuilding work in Africa led to invitations to conduct workshops and training in Hungary, Israel, Palestine, Cyprus, Netherlands, The Philippines (the Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute) and Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Dr Stauffer did his undergraduate work in Sociology which led to his becoming Executive Director of the Victim/Offender Reconciliation Program in Richmond, Virginia from 1991-93. This started his efforts on behalf of Transistional and Restorative Justice in communities and nations, and his subsequent Master's in Conflict Transformation from the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at EMU and his PhD in the Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies Programme , University of Kwa-Zulu, Natal, South Africa.
David Anderson Hooker, PhD, JD, MDiv, is Professor of the Practice of Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies in University of Notre Dame’s Keough School of Global Affairs. His practice as mediator, trainer, leadership development specialist, advocate, and community peacebuilder throughout Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Eastern Europe, and the united States spans more than 30 years. His practice and research foci investigate the social and narrative construction of complex identities; the role of multigenerational trauma in the formation of interpersonal and communal relations and systems and structures; and the various models and approaches to truth-telling as mechanisms for approaching justice, quality peace, and societal reconciliation. He is the co-author (with Amy Potter-Czjaikowski) of Transforming Historical Harms (Eastern Mennonite (2012), and author of The Little Book of Transformative Community Conferencing (SkyHorse 2016) and other book chapters and journal articles.
Other faculty members include:
Dr. Mohammed Abu-Nimer is an Associate Professor at the American University’s School of International Service in International Peace and Conflict Resolution in Washington, DC, Mohammed Abu-Nimer is an expert on conflict resolution and dialogue for peace. He has conducted research on conflict resolution and dialogue for peace among Palestinians and Jews in Israel; Israeli-Palestinian conflict; application of conflict resolution models in Muslim communities; interreligious conflict resolution training; interfaith dialogue; and evaluation of conflict resolution programs.
As a practitioner, he has been intervening and conducting conflict resolution training workshops in Palestine, Israel, Egypt, Northern Ireland, Philippines (Mindanao), Sri Lanka, and the U.S.
He has published articles on these subjects in the Journal of Peace Research; Journal of Peace and Changes, American Journal of Economics and Sociology, and in various edited books.
Abu-Nimer is the co-founder and co-editor of the new Journal of Peacebuilding and Development. He is also the author of four books, Dialogue, Conflict Resolution and Change: The Case of Arabs and Jews in Israel (1999); Reconciliation, Coexistence, and Justice in Interethnic Conflicts (2001); and Peacebuilding and Nonviolence in Islamic Context: Theory and Practice (University of Florida press, 2003). He has also authored numerous articles, chapters in edited books and book reviews.
Dr Barry Hart is Professor of Trauma, Idenity and Conflict Studies in the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University. Dr. Hart was the previous academic director of the Caux Scholars Program.
Dr. Samuel Doe, Liberia, received his doctoral degree from Bradford University, UK, and is currently working with the UNDP in New york.