Mimi Gerstbauer


I was in Poland as a Fulbright Scholar for 6 months in 2015; you can check out our blog "The Gerstbauer Gig in Poland" at mgerstba.wordpress.com.  I was in Warsaw, a city resurrected from the ashes of war.  So many stories to tell!  Perhaps the most exciting place for this political scientist was Gdansk, a city on the Baltic. In Gdansk World War II began.  In Gdansk, Communism began to unravel for good.   One of the photos at right shows a section of the Berlin wall on the left and Gdansk shipyard wall on the right.  Some brave strikers in the Gdansk shipyard in the early 1980s began the Solidarity movement....a huge factor in the ultimate crumbling of the Iron Curtain and Communist Europe.  And, it was a nonviolent movement!

And more about me.......

I ask my students in international relations about their first political memory. Mine is a Vietnamese refugee living in my basement when I was a little girl in Cincinnati. Later, his whole family came to the United States. I began traveling internationally at age 5 and visited several continents by age 9. My interest in world politics had begun! My interest in Peace Studies also has deep roots, but was solidified when I studied abroad in Nicaragua in college and had the opportunity to document the peace work of a Nicaraguan development agency. Arriving not long after decades of war had ended, my work included interviewing many peace activists, community leaders, and guerrilla leaders. I was inspired!

Dr. Mimi Gerstbauer is a political science professor but also contributes to several interdisciplinary programs.  She teaches international relations courses, US foreign policy, Latin American politics, politics of developing nations, and introduction to Peace Studies. Her research interests include nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in international politics and peacebuilding, faith-based actors in peacebuilding, post-war reconciliation processes, and the role of forgiveness and apologies in international politics. Gerstbauer just published a book on inter-state reconciliation -  U.S. Foreign Policy and the Politics of Apology (Routledge, 2017).  Other publications include:  "The Whole Story of NGO Mandate Change: The Peacebuilding Work of World Vision, Catholic Relief Services, and Mennonite Central Committee," Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly; “Transnational Peacebuilding: Bringing Salt and Light to Colombia and the United States,” Development in Practice; and The New Conflict Managers: Peacebuilding NGOs and State Agendas (in New Threats and New Actors in International Security, Palgrave). Gerstbauer has been at Gustavus since 2001. She graduated summa cum laude from Wheaton College (IL), worked as a domestic Peace Corps volunteer in a Puerto Rican neighborhood of Chicago for a year, and then completed her M.A. in Peace Studies and Ph.D. in Government at the University of Notre Dame.  She lives in St. Peter with her husband, Fabian, three sons, and an expanding menagerie of pets and board games.


B.A. Wheaton College (IL), 1993; M.A in Peace Studies and M.A. in Government, Ph.D. University of Notre Dame, 1998, 2002


Courses Taught

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
POL-130International Relations222017/FA, 2017/SP, 2016/FA, 2015/FA, 2013/FA, 2012/FA, 2011/FA, 2009/FA, 2008/FA, 2006/FA, 2005/FA, 2004/FA, 2003/FA, 2002/FA, 2002/SP, and 2001/FA
POL-250The Politics of Developing Nations152017/FA, 2016/FA, 2015/FA, 2013/FA, 2012/FA, 2011/FA, 2010/FA, 2009/FA, 2008/FA, 2006/FA, 2005/FA, 2004/FA, 2003/FA, 2002/FA, and 2001/FA
POL-230Latin Amer Politics122018/SP, 2016/SP, 2013/SP, 2011/SP, 2010/SP, 2009/SP, 2007/SP, 2006/SP, 2005/SP, 2004/SP, 2003/SP, and 2002/SP
POL-399Sem:Pol of Reconcil92018/SP, 2016/SP, 2014/SP, 2004/FA, 2003/FA, 2003/SP, 2002/FA, 2002/SP, and 2001/FA
PCS-211Introduction to Peace Studies92018/SP, 2016/SP, 2014/SP, 2013/SP, 2011/SP, 2009/SP, 2007/SP, 2005/SP, and 2003/SP
POL-340Issues for U.S. Foreign Policy72017/SP, 2011/FA, 2010/SP, 2008/FA, 2006/FA, 2004/FA, and 2002/FA
POL-099Senior Thesis42010/FA, 2008/FA, 2006/FA, and 2006/SP
POL-268Career Exploration42006/JN and 2005/JN
POL-335International Organizations32006/SP, 2004/SP, and 2002/SP
POL-244ST:Int Comm/Model UN12017/SP
NDL-248Faith and Learning12011/JN
POL-344ST:Pol Reconciliation12010/FA
NDL-128Forgiveness Stories12004/JN
FTS-100First Term Seminar12003/FA
PCS-095Peace Studies Senior Seminar12003/SP
PCS-096Peace Studies Senior Thesis12003/SP
POL-135Nicaraguan Revolution12003/JN

Courses prior to Spring semester 1999 are not displayed.