The Zehr Institute for Restorative Justice

Cultivating restorative justice conversations, connections and learning. An initiative of the Center for Justice & Peacebuilding.

The Zehr Institute for Restorative Justice, founded in 2012, promotes dialogue and networking within the restorative justice field and provides education and training through web-based and onsite programs.

Planned Zehr Institute activities include:

  • Webinars and online trainings
  • Onsite trainings
  • Palavers or consultations on specific topics or for specific groups
  • Online training manuals and other publications
  • Conduct selected documentaries, research and listening projects

Zehr Institute directors

Howard Zehr, Co-Director of Zehr Institute and EMU Professor of Restorative JusticeHoward Zehr, PhD
Co-Director of Zehr Institute, Distinguished Professor of Restorative Justice
Expertise: Restorative justice theory and practice; victim issues; documentary and contemplative photography; interview-based research.

Carl Stauffer, Co-Director of Zehr Institute and EMU Assistant Professor of Development and Justice StudiesCarl Stauffer, PhD
Co-Director of Zehr Institute, Assistant Professor of Justice and Development Studies
Expertise: Restorative and Transitional Justice; practice experience in peacebuilding, community development, and conflict transformation initiatives in 20 countries in Africa, as well as U.S.-based church-sponsored projects, including victim-offender reconciliation.

More info

For more information about the Zehr Institute, please contact Lindsay Martin Styer, Program Coordinator at