POSITION: Associate Professor
DEPARTMENT: CJP - Center for Justice & Peacebuilding
LOCATION: Main Campus, Harrisonburg | MS 110
PHONE: (540) 432-4462
Dr. Carl Stauffer teaches Restorative and Transitional Justice at the graduate Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP), at Eastern Mennonite University in Virginia, USA. He concurrently serves as Co-Director of CJP’s Zehr Institute of Restorative Justice and is the Academic Director of the Caux Scholars Program in Switzerland. Stauffer has functioned as founder, director, academic coordinator and instructor for peace and justice institutes on four continents. As a seasoned conflict transformation and peacebuilding practitioner, Stauffer has done consulting and training with organizations such as UNDP, USAID, World Vision, ICRC, Asia Foundation, CRS, Tear Fund, SIDA, Oxfam, and the Ministry of Justice of Jamaica, Ministry of Community Development, Arts & Culture of Trinidad & Tobago, and the Ministry of Safety & Security of South Africa.
Stauffer entered the Restorative Justice field as the first Executive Director of the Capital Area Victim-Offender Reconciliation Program in Richmond, Virginia in 1991. In 1994, Stauffer and his family moved to South Africa under the auspices of the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), a faith-based international relief and development agency. In South Africa, Stauffer worked with multiple transitional justice processes including the Peace Accords, Community-Police Forums, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and Local Community Development Forums. From 2000 to 2009, Stauffer was appointed as a Regional Peace Adviser for the Southern Africa region, which took him to 20 African countries and 15 nations in the Caribbean, Middle East, Europe, Asia and the Balkans.
Stauffer’s academic interests include Restorative and Transitional Justice, post-war reconstruction and national truth-telling and reconciliation processes. His research concentrates on a critique of Transitional Justice from a restorative and transformative frame, and the application of hybrid, often parallel indigenous community justice approaches. Stauffer’s most recent publications focus on positioning the Restorative Justice field as a transnational alternative social justice movement.
BA, Eastern Mennonite University (Social Work with a Minor in Bible & Religion Studies)
MA, Eastern Mennonite University (Conflict Trasformation)
PHD, University of Kwa-Zulu Natal (Conflict Resolution & Peace Studies)
Stauffer, C., & Shah, S. (in-press), “Restorative Justice: Taking the Pulse of a Movement,” in Lewis, T. & Stauffer, C. (eds.) Listening to the Movement: Essays on New Growth and New Challenges in Restorative Justice, Cascade Books, an imprint of Wipf & Stock Publishers.
Stauffer, C., & Turner, J. (2018), “The New Generation of Restorative Justice,” in Gavrielides, T. (ed.) A Research Companion to Restorative Justice: Ashgate Companion Series, Routledge Publishing, a member of the Taylor & Francis Group.
Stauffer, C. (2017), "Development & Peacebuilding: Disparities, Similarities & Overlapping Spaces", in Gubser, M., Keilson, J. (eds.) The Practice of International Development, Francis & Taylor Publishing Group.
Stauffer, C. (2016), “Truth and Reconciliation Commissions: Case of South Africa,” in the Encyclopedia of Public Administration, Taylor & Francis Publishing Group.
Stauffer, C. (2015), "Formative Mennonite Mythmaking in Peacebuilding and Restorative Justice", in Klager, A. (ed.) The Historical Seeds of Mennonite International Peacebuilding: History, Analysis, and Application, Wipf & Stock Press.
Stauffer, C. (2014), “Justice in Transition: Deviance, Mass Atrocities and Post-war Reconstruction,” in Bruinsma, G. and Weisburd, D. (eds.) Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Vol. 1. Springer Reference Publishing.
Stauffer, C. (2013), "Rescripting Youth Education", in Csinos, D. and Bray, M. (eds.) Faith Forward – A Dialogue on Children, Youth and a New Kind of Christianity, CooperHouse/Woodlake Publishing Inc.
Stauffer, C. (2012), "Restorative Interventions for Postwar Nations", in Van Wormer, K. and Walker, L. (eds.) Restorative Justice Today – Practical Applications, Sage Publications.
Stauffer, C., Ishihara, A., Keosavang, A., Malibiran, E., & Zehr, H. (2012), "Peace Building through Restorative Dialogue and Consensus Building after the TEPCO Fukushima 1st Nuclear Reactor Disaster", in Eubios Journal of Asian and International Bioethics, Vol 22, No. 3, ISSN 1173-2571.
Book: Stauffer, C. (2011), Acting Out the Myths: The Politics of Narrative Violence in Zimbabwe, Saarbrucken, Germany: Lambert Academic Publishing.
Stauffer, C. (2007), “Narrating the Spirit of Justice”, in South African Law Journal: Acta Juridica, Faculty of Law, University of Cape Town, South Africa, Juta Press Ltd.
Stauffer, C., & Hamber, B. (1996), Survivor Offender Mediation and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, an occasional paper published by the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation – (CSVR), Johannesburg, South Africa.
Stauffer, C., Shah, S., & King, S. (2017), Restorative Justice Listening Project – Final Report, a publication of the Zehr Institute for Restorative Justice, at the Center for Justice & Peacebuilding of Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Virginia, USA.
Stauffer, C. (2013), “Restorative Justice – Social Movement or Social Service?” Intersections – A Mennonite Central Committee Publication, Jan-March, Vol 1, No. 1.
Stauffer, C. (2011), “Reconciliation: Re-weaving the a Social Fabric that Heals,” A Matter of Spirit – A Newsletter of the Inter-community Peace and Justice Center, No. 92, Fall. www.ipjc.org
Stauffer, C., & Stauffer, C. (2008), “Shifting Paradigms: Engaging in Peaceful Change in Southern Africa”, Writers and Compilers, MCC Peace Office Publication, July-October, Vol 38, No. 3.
Stauffer, C. (2007), “Community Reconciliation: Reconstructing Self & Others in Harmony – A Reintegration Training Package for Ex-Combatants and the War Affected,” a manual produced by the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation – (CSVR), Johannesburg, South Africa and Forum of Conscience, Freetown, Sierra Leone.
Stauffer, C., & Stauffer, C. (2005-2009), “PEACE PATHWAYS,” (eds.) a quarterly e-Newsletter of the MCC Regional Peace Network.
Stauffer, C. (2002), “A Peace Building Resource Pack-Three Volume Training Manual,” written and compiled for the Centre for the Study of Violence & Reconciliation – (CSVR), Johannesburg, South Africa.
Stauffer, C., & Stauffer, C. (2002), “Nurturing the Tree of Peace,” MCC Peace Office Publication, Jan-March, Vol. 32 -1.
Academic Journal Article Reviews
Just Governance and Human Security, Initiatives for Change International, Caux, Switzerland, July 2015-2018.
The Future of Restorative Community Justice: Building Sustainable Communities, National Association of Community & Restorative Justice (NACRJ), Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, June 1-3, 2015.
Re-Visioning Justice, Nashville, Tennessee, April 19-21, 2015.
5th International Conference on Restorative Justice, Government Ministry of Justice, Jamaica, February 21, 2014.
Healing History: Overcoming Racism, Seeking Equity, Building Community, Initiatives for Change International, Caux, Switzerland, July 4-7, 2013.
International Symposium on Restorative Justice, Reconciliation & Peacebuilding, NYU Law School & Kroc Institute, New York, November 11-12, 2011
Human Security Forum, Initiatives for Change International, Caux, Switzerland, July 2011 & 2012.
Attachment Conference, Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Virginia – April 2011
Restorative Justice on Campuses, Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Virginia – March 2011
Faith-Based Peace Education Conference, Boston Theological Institute, Boston, Massachusetts – August 2010.
Summer Leadership Institute, Center for Reconciliation, Duke Divinity School, Raleigh, North Carolina – June 2010.
Faith and Development Conference, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan – February 4-7, 2010.