Larry Dunn, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Peacemaking and Conflict Studies
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Ph.D., Social Science, Syracuse University
M.A., Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary
B.A., Fresno Pacific College

Scholarly Interests

  • Identity-based and cross-cultural conflict
  • Historical peacemakers (Gandhi, King, Tolstoy, et al)
  • Difficult conflict issues in the church, such as homosexuality

Professional and Service Experience

I have worked for more than 20 years as a mediator, trainer, consultant and educator in the field of conflict resolution. I am currently professor in the School of Humanities, Religion and Social Sciences and a member of the faculty at the Center for Peacemaking and Conflict Studies at Fresno Pacific University. I hold a Masters degree in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary and a PhD in Social Science from Syracuse University, where he was affiliated with the Program on the Analysis and Resolution of Conflicts. From 1997-99 I served with the Mennonite Central Committee in Labrador (Canada) as a cross-cultural conflict consultant working with Aboriginal communities and First Nations on community justice, self-government and land rights issues. I have mediated and consulted on a wide variety of cases involving neighbors, families, schools, churches, businesses, communities and government agencies. I have also published articles and chapters on topics ranging from church disputes to international mediation and ethnic conflict in the Balkans. My present research and writing interests include identity-based and cross-cultural conflict, historical peacemakers (Gandhi, King, Tolstoy, et al), and difficult conflict issues in the church, such as homosexuality.

Publications and Presentations

  • "Untitled," in College Faith: 150 Christian Leaders and Educators Share Faith Stories from Their Student Days, Vol. IV, written and edited by Ronald Alan Knott, published by Andrews University Press (submitted)
  • "The church as a 'group,'" article Leader, Spring 2007
  • "What King might say about Iraq," article in Mennonite Weekly Review, January 11, 2007
  • "Identities at the Table: Risks of 'Collaborative' Dispute Resolution Processes," presentation at the Interaction 2006 conference in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, 2006

Other Information

I am married and have three boys, ages sixteen, thirteen and eleven.