School of Peace Studies

Phone: (619) 260-7919
Fax: (619) 849-8109

Location: KIPJ Room 113
Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110

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About the Kroc School

William R. Headley, CSSp


  • PhD, Sociology, New York University
  • MEd, Counseling, University of South Carolina
  • BD, Theology, St. Mary’s Seminary
  • BA, Philosophy, St. Mary’s Seminary

William R. Headley, CSSp, PhD, is a sociologist, counselor, educator, and Catholic priest. He is the founding dean of the Kroc School of Peace Studies at the University of San Diego, and as a professor now teaches courses related to religion and peacebuilding. He holds a part-time appointment as a professor of practice and field service officer for the Catholic Peacebuilding Network, based at the Kroc Institute of International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame.

Headley has a broad background in Catholic Church leadership, justice, peace, and international aid, and has worked in over 80 countries. Prior to the Kroc School, he was deputy executive director of policy and strategic issues for Catholic Relief Services; established the graduate program in conflict resolution and peace studies at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Penn.; started the Spiritans’ (his Holy Spirit Community) first International Peace and Justice Office in Rome, Italy; was the first president of the Africa Faith and Justice Network/USA; and was instrumental in starting the Washington Office on Haiti. He also served as the major superior of the USA-Eastern Province of the Spiritans as well as on the Executive Committee of the Conference of Major Superiors of Men.

Headley has an honorary doctorate in ministry from the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, Ill., and an honorary doctorate of humane letters from St. Martin’s University in Lacey, Wash.

Areas of Interest:

• Religion and Peace
• Inter-religious Dialogue and Peacebuilding
• Qualitative Field Research
• Counseling and Advisement
• Peace Studies Programs: Their Organization and Management

Recent Field Experience:

• Assessor of social cohesion and interreligious peacebuilding models and case studies of worldwide peacebuilding initiatives of Catholic Relief Services (October 2015).

• Consultant in the establishment of the Higher Institute for Peace and Reconciliation, Catholic University of Bukavu, a joint initiative of the Catholic bishops of the Great Lakes Region, East/Central Africa (May 2014 – present)

• Initiator and service provider for the creation of a series of consultancies, trainings, and planning sessions for the Mexican Catholic Church to contribute to its country’s national peace effort (September 2011 – present).

• Member of the Justice and Peace Committee, Congregation of the Holy Spirit, USA Province (September 2015 – present)

Current Courses:

• Religion: Peacebuilding’s Missing Dimension
• The Peacebuilder
• Warmongers and Peacebuilders: Religious Extremism

Contact Information

William R. Headley, CSSp

Email |
Phone | (619) 260-7918
Office | KIPJ 128

Office Hours

Tuesday: 8-10am

Wednesday: 9am-12pm

And by appointment