Dee Aker, PhD, Named Director of the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Dee Aker

From Dean Patricia Marquez, PhD: 

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Dee Aker will be the new Director of the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice (IPJ) of the Kroc School of Peace Studies, effective September 1, 2014.

Dr. Aker has been serving as Interim Director of the IPJ. She joined the University of San Diego in 1998, bringing to campus WorldLink, a program connecting youth to global affairs. Soon thereafter, Dr. Aker joined the team involved in launching the IPJ and then the Kroc School. Her work has focused on strategic projects in the field, the longest being the Nepal Peacebuilding Initiative, involving local partners to address conflict. Over 13 years, Kroc School and USD students, faculty and staff have participated in the Nepal initiative and other IPJ field programs. Dr. Aker also helped create IPJ’s Women PeaceMakers Program, which in 2011 garnered a Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization for the University of San Diego.

Dr. Aker is a psychological anthropologist and conflict resolution professional. She has held senior academic administrative positions, including five years in Kenya as the director of the United States International University--Africa campus. Her academic background includes a bachelor’s degree in sociology and biology at Southwest Missouri University, master’s degree in international relations from Ohio University and a doctorate in anthropology and psychology from The Union Institute and University.

Please, join me in welcoming Dr. Aker in her new role.


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