Peace Studies

Peace Studies is an interdisciplinary field of study which addresses the problems of war, social oppression and violence, and the challenges of implementing nonviolent conflict resolution and social justice. Peace Studies serves to focus knowledge from diverse disciplines to converge on the problems of violence and the challenges of finding peaceful solutions.

The Peace Studies program strongly recommends study or work abroad for its students to gain international awareness and experience. Many institutions with which Gustavus has an official affiliation offer courses in the areas of peace and conflict resolution studies which could be substituted for Gustavus courses (up to two) and applied toward the Peace Studies minor.

Students are encouraged to consult with the following faculty who serve as resource persons and advisors in the various disciplines that contribute to the minor in Peace Studies: Sidonia Alenuma-Nimoh (Education), Thia Cooper (Religion), Seán Easton (Classics), Mimi Gerstbauer and Richard Leitch (Political Science), and Suzanne Wilson (Sociology/Anthropology).

Name Title Phone
Mimi Gerstbauer Director 507-933-7421
Sidonia Alenuma-Nimoh Associate Professor 507-933-7451 web
Thia Cooper 507-933-6296 web
Seán Easton Associate Professor (On Sabbatical 2013-2014) 507-933-7396
Mary Gaebler 507-933-6290
Richard Leitch 507-933-7028
Suzanne Wilson 507-933-7426