Chair and Associate Professor in Peace and Conflict Studies (on sabbatical)

Nathan Funk Funk earned his PhD in International Relations (2000) from the American University School of International Service in Washington, D.C. Before commencing his doctoral studies at American University, he completed a BA in Global Community Studies at Gustavus Adolphus College in 1994. He has lived in the Middle East and South Asia, designed internet courses on peace and conflict resolution, and worked on research and training projects for the United States Institute of Peace.

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Note: Nathan Funk is on sabbatical January 1, 2019 until June 30, 2019.

Presently he is serving as a member of the board of directors for two Canadian non-governmental organizations (NGOs); Project Ploughshares and Peacebuild: The Canadian Peacebuilding Network.

He has authored or co-authored a number of writings on international conflict resolution, with a special focus on unofficial ("track two") dialogue processes, Islamic-Western relations, identity conflict, and the role of cultural and religious factors in peacebuilding capacity development. His publications include Ameen Rihani: Bridging East and West (University Press of America, 2004) and Islam and Peacemaking in the Middle East (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2009). Prior to his arrival at Conrad Grebel in 2004, he was Assistant Professor of International Relations at American University and Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at George Washington University.

Courses taught

  • PACS 201 - Roots of Conflict, Violence, and Peace
  • PACS 316/PHIL 329 - Violence, Non-violence and War
  • PACS 326/RS 340 - Religion and Peace-building
  • PACS 327 - Cultural Approaches to Conflict Resolution
  • PACS 401 - Senior Seminar
  • PACS 604 - Conflict Analysis
  • PACS 605 - Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding

Selected activities


  • "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.

Conference papers and addresses

  • "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

  • "Religion and Peacebuilding," lecture at the Kitchener Publich Library, Kitchener, ON, February 11, 2008.
  • "Meeting in Peace: BAses 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 Mennonie Church, Baden, ON. April 20, 2008.
  • Gave the keynote presentation for "Peawce 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.

Professional activities

  • In January 2008, appointed to the Board of Directors of Peacebuild: The Canadian Peacebuilding Network.

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