U.S. Institute of Peace taps CJP professor

After a decade of service at Eastern Mennonite University and the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, Professor Carl Stauffer has accepted a new position as senior expert in reconciliation at the U.S. Institute of Peace. The Washington D.C.-based organization is funded by Congress and works globally with country partners to reduce violence and advance peaceful resolutions to conflict. 

“We are grateful for Carl’s teaching and mentoring within our CJP community over the years and his significant legacy that is embodied in the work and contributions of his students around the world,” said CJP Executive Director Jayne Docherty. “We are so proud that USIP has tapped one of our faculty for this important position and look forward to a continuing relationship with Carl as he shares what he is learning and doing in Washington.”

Professor Carl Stauffer teaches during a Summer Peacebuilding Institute class. (EMU file photo)

Stauffer joined the faculty of CJP in 2010, teaching graduate-level courses in restorative and transitional justice. He also taught a range of courses, including peacebuilding theory and practice, nonviolence, international development, and faith formation for justice and peace.

Stauffer helped to launch the Zehr Institute for Restorative Justice in 2012 and served as co-director first with Howard Zehr and then with his colleague, Professor Johonna Turner. 

Among his contributions to CJP, he developed the prospectus for the MA in Restorative Justice program. The second graduate degree offered at CJP, the MARJ was accredited in fall 2015.

From 2015-17, Stauffer secured and worked with CJP staff to implement a 3-year grant from the Porticus Foundation. As a result of this funding, the Zehr Institute was able to host a high-level international consultation, a public conference, and a bi-national listening project exploring the potential for restorative justice as a social justice movement. 

A product of this funding is a forthcoming anthology, Listening to the Movement – Essays on new growth and new challenges in Restorative Justice , co-edited by Stauffer and Ted Lewis (Wipf & Stock Publishers, 2021). 

Discussion on “U.S. Institute of Peace taps CJP professor

  1. Awesome update, Carl.
    Thank you so much for being an RJ resource at CJP, and we are blessed to learn from you.
    Sending best wishes and prayers for your next journey at USIP – they are lucky to have you.

    Good luck

  2. Dear Carl. You work and teaching has contributed to our growth and development. I know that you will bring your life experience and work experience to the USIP. I can’t wait to see you great success in Peacebuilding. We will miss you so much here!


  3. Great and congs Carl. You were our mentor and dean MCC Regional Peace Advisors in Africa, when you were in Southern Africa and I was for Eastern Africa. USIP is lucky to have you on their team. The world needs the area of the expertise, reconciliation as a way of life. Be blessed with wisdom and understanding.

  4. Congratulations Carl for this new call and appointment. Wish you good luck and fruitful giving and learning in this new environment

  5. Congratulations Carl. Your work at the Peace Institute will add to what you have already achieved in peacebuilding throughout the world, through the network of peace builders you have come created. May God bless your work, to transform the world. A great contribution from EMU.

  6. Congratulations Carl. It is a long, long time since those early days in Joburg! Thanks for your substantial contributions there and beyond and in the last decade at EMU. All the best in this new opportunity!

  7. Obrigado, Carl! Congratulations on this step. Hope your connections with the field will stay intact, and those legitimate voices will influence your work and shape your strategies and flavor your advise.
    Peace, merwyn

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