Edward Luck Named Dean of the University of San Diego School of Peace Studies

Following an extensive international search, Edward C. Luck, PhD, has been named Dean of the University of San Diego (USD) Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies. Luck assumed his duties on August 1, 2012.

A highly regarded United Nations official, Dr. Luck served since 2008 as Assistant Secretary-General and Special Adviser to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. In this role, he was responsible for the conceptual, political and institutional/operational development of the Responsibility to Protect doctrine, under which all Heads of State and Government pledged to protect their populations by preventing atrocity crimes and their incitement. From 2007 to 2011, Luck was with the International Peace Institute, an independent policy research center , where he began as a Visiting Senior Fellow and left as the Senior Vice President, Research and Programs.

“Throughout his distinctive career, Dr. Edward Luck has demonstrated a commitment to both the practice and education of peace and justice. I am extremely confident that he is well poised to lead the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies’ talented faculty, staff and students by building upon its strong foundation and expanding opportunities for continued growth,” declared Executive Vice President and Provost Julie Sullivan. She noted that Dr. Luck has attained distinction in many related areas and will provide the leadership needed to increase the Kroc School’s distinction and visibility.

Dr. Luck’s academic experience includes appointments at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University from 2001 to 2010 as Professor of Practice, Director of the Center on International Organization, and Director of the UN Studies Program. A prolific and visible scholar, Dr. Luck is one of the world’s leading experts on the United Nations. He has written numerous books, chapters, and articles and provided frequent media commentary and Congressional testimony on the Responsibility to Protect, peacekeeping, United Nations reform, and a host of other foreign policy and security issues.

“I am impressed by how much the Kroc School has achieved in its first five years,” Professor Luck noted, “and I am eager to help it attain even greater heights in the years ahead. Its mission of training the next generation of peace and justice leaders could not be more timely, as Joan Kroc’s vision of a graduate education combining scholarship and practical experience could not be more relevant to the challenges of our times, when both justice and peace are in short supply.”

Dr. Luck holds a BA from Dartmouth College and a series of graduate degrees from Columbia University, including a Master of International Affairs and Master of Arts, Master of Philosophy, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in political science. He also received the Certificate of Columbia’s Russian Institute.

Luck succeeds founding Dean Bill Headley, who will be on sabbatical during fall 2012 and will resume teaching in spring 2013. During his five years as Dean, the Kroc School worked for sustainable peace and justice through innovative education, interdisciplinary scholarship, advanced practice, and policy engagement. The core curriculum of the School’s interdisciplinary master’s program in Peace and Justice Studies includes conflict analysis and resolution, human rights, and development. Building on his work with the United Nations, Dean Luck will continue his research, writing, and teaching on human protection issues as well.

About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 9,000 students from 69 countries and 50 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. The university's eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD's Envisioning 2024 strategic plan capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.