BA University of Waterloo
MA Dalhousie University
PhD University of Leeds, UK
My research focuses on two main areas. The first area is the ambivalent relationship between religion and conflict. For many in the field of religious studies, this has become a truism. But for many in the field of conflict resolution, this ambivalent relationship has only recently been acknowledged. Historically, international conflict resolution theorists have largely adopted the position that organized religion is primarily, if not essentially, an instigator of violence. As a result, international conflict resolution theories have tended to exclude religion as a force for peacebuilding. Recently, however, scholars have suggested that religion can contribute constructively to a theory of conflict resolution and the practice of diplomacy. My experience and research has focused on the role of religion in Central America (specifically Guatemala), the Middle East (specifically Palestine/Israel), and recently South Africa. My
book with Ashgate Publishing is entitled, Religion and Conflict Resolution: Christianity and South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (2009).
The second area of my research focuses on Catholic Social Teaching and just peacemaking. Just peacemaking is an ethical theory of war and peace that offers a middle ground between just war theory and pacifism. It focuses on the practices of war-prevention and peacemaking. I am working on a book project that is entitled Catholic Approaches to Just Peacemaking. It will focus on Catholics contributing to a creating a more just world through just peacemaking initiatives.
Social Justice and Peace Studies 2200E – Perspectives on Social Justice and Peace
Social Justice and Peace Studies 4401 – Contemporary Canadian Issues in Social Justice and Peace
Social Justice and Peace Studies 4402 – Contemporary Global Issues in Social Justice and Peace
Religious Studies 1166 – Violence and Western Religions
Religious Studies 3451 – Religion and Conflict Resolution
Religion and Conflict Resolution: Christianity and the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission. (Ashgate Press, 2009)
“The Ambiguous Role of Religion in the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission.” with Scott Kline. Peace and Change: A Journal of Peace Research. 31(2006): 309-332.
“Christianity and Justice in the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission: A Case Study in Religious Conflict Resolution,” Journal of Political Theology. Vol.9. No.2 (2008), 161-178.
“The Continuing Effects of Apartheid Violence: The Challenge Facing the South African Churches,” The Ecumenist: A Journal of Theology, Culture and Society. Vol. 45. No. 2 Summer (2008): 16-21.
“Conflict/Conflict Resolution,” Encyclopedia of Global Studies. Mark Juergensmeyers and Helmut K Anheier. eds., (Sage Publications, 2012), 262-267.
“Christianity and South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission,” Research Companion on Religion and Conflict Resolution. Lee Marsden ed., (Ashgate Press, 2012), 279-296.
“Pax Christi and Catholic Peacemaking.” with Scott Kline. Research Companion on Religion and Conflict Resolution. Lee Marsden ed., (Ashgate Press, 2012), 353-368.
Ongoing Book Projects
Catholic Approaches to Just Peacemaking. With Dr. Scott Kline