Nathan Funk

Associate Professor in Peace and Conflict Studies, Chair of PACS

Nathan FunkContact:
(519) 885-0220 ext. 24295
Office:  CGUC 2126

Board of Directors, Project Ploughshares

*On sabbatical January-June, 2019.

BA, Gustavus Adolphus College, 1994
PhD, American University, 2000

Research Areas:

Cross-cultural conflict resolution, religion in conflict and peacemaking, the contemporary Middle East, sustained dialogue, peace and conflict theory, local capacities for peacebuilding.

Courses Taught:

PACS 201 - Roots of Conflict, Violence and Peace
PACS 316 - Violence, Non-violence and War
PACS 326 - Religion and Peace-building
PACS 327 - Cultural Approaches to Conflict Resolution

PACS 604 - Conflict Analysis
PACS 612 - Culture, Religion, and Peacebuilding


Nathan Funk is an associate professor of Peace and Conflict Studies.  He has served on the boards of two Canadian NGOs, Project Ploughshares and Peacebuild: The Canadian Peacebuilding Network, and currently acts as a board member for the Peace and Conflict Studies Association of Canada.  He has authored a number of writings on peacebuilding and international conflict resolution, with a special focus on the contemporary Middle East, Islamic-Western relations, identity conflict, sustained dialogue, and the role of cultural and religious factors in localized peacebuilding and social change processes.

Selected Publications:

  • “Islam and Peace and Conflict Studies.”  In Peace on Earth:  The Role of Religion in Peace and Conflict Studies, ed. Sean Byrne, Thomas Matyók, and Jessica Senehi (Lanham, MD:  Lexington Books, 2014), pp. 121-142.

  • “Building on What’s Already There:  Valuing the Local in International Peacebuilding,"  International Journal, Vol. 67, No. 2 (Spring 2012):  391-408.

  • "Religious and Cultural Dimensions of Peacemaking," Journal of Religion, Conflict, and Peace, Vol. 1, Issue 1 (Fall 2007);
  • "Transforming Islamic-Western Identity Conflict: A Framework for Strategic Engagement," International Journal of Peace Studies, Vol. 12, No. 1 (Spring/Summer 2007), pp. 23-51.
  • "Applying Canadian Principles to Peace and Conflict Resolution in the Middle East," In Canada and the Middle East: In Theory and Practice, ed. Paul Heinbecker an Bessma Momani (Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2007), pp. 25-44.
  • "Rethinking War and Peace" (review of book by Diane Francis), Peace and Change: A Journal of Peace Research, Vol. 33, No. 1 (January 2008), pp. 161-163.

Selected Activities: 

Conference Papers and Addresses

  • “Localizing Peace:  Engaging Religion, Culture and Identity for Sustainable Peacebuilding,” presented at the Peace and Justice Studies Association’s 2010 Annual Conference, Winnipeg, MB, October 2, 2010.

  • "Peacemaking Among the Religions of Abraham: Overcoming Obstacles to Coexistence" (with Meena Sharify-Funk), presented at the conference "Children of Abraham: A Trialogue of Civilizations," hosted by the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and the Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, October 22, 2007.
  • "Reframing Interreligious Dialogue: Opportunities for Muslim-Christian and Abrahamic Peacemaking," presented at the American Academy of Religion Eastern International Region Annual Conference in Waterloo, Ontario, May 4, 2007.

Public Speaking

  • Canada and the Middle East:  Supporting the Emergence of a New Story,” presented at the roundtable, “Between Revolution and Repression:  Democratic Transition in the Middle East and North Africa?” sponsored by the International Development Research Centre and Peacebuild:  The Canadian Peacebuilding Network, Ottawa, ON, June 2, 2011.
  • “Ethnic Conflict Analysis and Resolution,” lecture at the University of Ulster—Magee, Londonderry, Northern Ireland, October 22, 2008.
  • Presenter at “Religion and Geopolitics” workshop, Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT), Policy Research Division, Ottawa, ON, February 16, 2007.  
  • “Roundtable:  Peace and Conflict Studies in Canada” (co-convened with Richard McCutcheon), Peace and Justice Studies Association Annual Conference, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, October 18, 2013.

  • “Approaches to Peace in a Global and Cross-Cultural Context,” Ideas and Issues Lecture Series, Kitchener Public Library, Kitchener, ON, March 8, 2010. 

  • "Religion and Peacebuilding," lecture at the Kitchener Public Library, Kitchener, ON, February 11, 2008.
  • "Meeting in Peace: Basis for Muslim-Christian Cooperation," presented at the annual convention of Mennonite Economic Development Associates, Toronto ("Trust in a World of Change"), Ontario, November 2, 2007.
  • "The Muslim World Today," Lecture at Steinmann Mennonite Church, Baden, ON. April 20, 2008.
  • Gave the keynote presentation for "Peace Action 2007," a program of the Y Service Clubs of Central Canada, YMCA Cedar Glen Conference Centre, Nobleton, ON, September 28, 2007.
  • "Finding Peace," speech for the 32nd Annual Community Prayer Breakfast hosted by the Kitchener-Waterloo council of Churches and the cities of Kitchener and Waterloo, at the Waterloo Inn in Waterloo, ON, May 7, 2007.
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