Dr. Nathan C. Funk
University of Waterloo
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Localizing Peace: Religious and Cultural Dimensions of Sustainable Peacebuilding
Dr. Nathan C. Funk is Assistant Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Waterloo’s Conrad Grebel University College. He has lived in the Middle East and South Asia, designed Internet courses on peace and conflict resolution, and worked on research and training projects for the United States Institute of Peace. At present, he is serving as a member of the board of directors for two Canadian NGOs, Project Ploughshares and Peacebuild: The Canadian Peacebuilding Network. His writings on international affairs, the Middle East, and peacebuilding include Ameen Rihani: Bridging East and West (2004) and Islam and Peacemaking in the Middle East (2009).
Dr. Funk earned his Ph.D. in International Relations (2000) from the American University School of International Service in Washington, DC. Before commencing his doctoral studies at American University, he completed a B.A in Global Community Studies at Gustavus Adolphus College in 1994. He has lived in the Middle East and South Asia, designed internet courses on peace and conflict resolution, and worked on research and training projects for the United States Institute of Peace; at present he is serving as a member of the board of directors for two Canadian NGOs, Project Ploughshares and Peacebuilding: The Canadian Peacebuilding Network. He has authored or co-authored a number of writings on international conflict resolution, with a special focus on unofficial ("track two") dialogue processes, Islamic-Western relations, identity conflict, and the role of cultural and religious factors in peacebuilding capacity development. Prior to his arrival at Conrad Grebel in 2004, he was Assistant Professor of International Relations at American University and Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at George Washington University.
The St. Paul’s College University Affiliation Lecture is sponsored by the University of Manitoba, The Ph.D. and Joint M.A. Programs in Peace and Conflict Studies, and St. Paul’s College, with financial support provided by Aikins Law.