Peter Smith, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Peacemaking and Conflict Studies
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Ph.D., Applied Theology, University of Wales/International Baptist Theological Seminary, Prague, Czech Republic
M.A., Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California
B.A., Intellectual History, Fresno Pacific University, Fresno, California

Scholarly Interests

  • Theology and ethics of peace/nonviolence
  • Mimetic theory
  • Ethics in intercultural perspectives

Professional and Service Experience

  • Doctoral supervision committee for Daniel Gluck, Eastern University, 2012-present
  • Assistant professor of peacemaking and conflict studies, Fresno Pacific University, 2011-present
  • Lecturer (voluntary service worker), Mindolo Ecumenical Foundation, Kitwe, Zambia, 2007-2011
  • Associate director, office manager and mediator, Center for Conflict Resolution, Pasadena and Encina, California, 1999-2003
  • Administrative assistant, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, 1998-1999
  • Administrative assistant to the dean, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California, 1996-1998
  • Faculty secretary, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California, 1995-1996
  • Lecturer (voluntary mission worker), Youth Mission International, Siauliai, Lithuania, 1994-1995
  • International church service, Youth Mission International, Panevezys and Siauliai, Lithuania, 1994-1995
  • PACS Graduate Program Director, 2014-present
  • PACS Undergraduate Program Director, 2013-present

Honors and Awards

  • Colloquium on Violence and Religion Raymund Schwager Memorial Award for Best Student Paper, 2005

Professional Affiliations

  • Mennonite Community Church
  • Association for Conflict Resolution
  • American Academy of Religion
  • Colloquium on Violence and Religion
  • Anabaptist-Mennonite Scholars Network
  • Pasadena Mennonite Church

Publications and Presentations


  • "The Role of the Ecumenical Movement in Brokering Peace," presented at "Ecumenism & Peace: A Vision for the 21st Century," Mindolo Ecumenical Foundation, Kitwe, Zambia, 2009
  • "On Not Excluding Violence from Mennonite Churches: Becoming Confessing, Disciplining Communities," Graduate Students Conference, Mennonite Church USA, Elkhart, Indiana, 2006
  • "The Temptation to Scapegoating: A Theological Analysis of the Practice of Mennonite Church Discipline," Consultation on the Confession of Faith Ten Years Later in conjunction with Biennial Meetings of The Anabaptist-Mennonite Scholars Network and The Anabaptist Sociology and Anthropology Association, Elkhart, Indiana, 2006
  • "Improvising the Practice of Nonresistance as Creative Mimesis," Colloquium on Violence and Religion Annual Conference, Ottawa, Canada, 2006
  • "Violence and Hermeneutics: Common Challenges for Muslims and Christians," presented at "Islam: Preaching Peace or Violence?" Globe Atlantic Corporation, New York University in Prague, and Association for International Affairs, Prague, Czech Republic, 2005
  • "Alison and McClendon in Conversation on Mimesis, Atonement and Christology," Colloquium on Violence and Religion Annual Conference, Koblenz, Germany, 2005
  • "Improvising the Practice of Nonresistance as Creative Mimesis,"€ in Ren Girard and Creative Reconciliation, edited by Vern Neufeld Redekop and Thomas Ryba, Lanham: Lexington Books, 2014.
  • Panel Moderator for "€œVeterans & Drones: Building Understanding," sponsored by Center for Peacemaking & Conflict Studies in partnership with Fresno County Library "€œWar Comes Home" initiative€“ Fresno, 2014.
  • Guest commentator on KNXT TV show "€œPerspectives on Faith & Culture with Dr Karen Crozier" on the topic of Nelson Mandela's life, leadership and legacy€“ Fresno, 2014.