USD's Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies Announces New Dean

Dr. Patricia Marquez is a respected internationally recognized leader

Dr. Patricia Márquez will become Dean of the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies (KSPS) for the period beginning August 1, 2014 through July 31, 2017. Dr. Marquez is KSPS’s third dean since its inception in 2007.

Dr. Marquez sees the fulfillment of Mrs. Kroc’s vision to be her primary goal in moving the school forward. “The Kroc School has a most powerful vision laid out by Mrs. Kroc: ‘…to build a unique school for scholars and practitioners to advance the work of peace and justice.’ My goal is to lead the school to fulfill that vision.”

Dr. Márquez earned her PhD in Anthropology from the University of California at Berkeley in which she studied the street children of Caracas, Venezuela. Her field-based research in Latin America explores how market mechanisms and entrepreneurship can generate greater inclusion and justice among people living in poverty around the world. She is widely recognized as an innovator expanding the boundaries of multidisciplinary thinking and action through field-based courses in various parts of the world such as Brazil, Uganda and Ghana. As the former dean of one of the premier business schools in Latin America, Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración, Dr. Márquez brings extensive managerial and leadership experience to her new post.

USD President Mary E. Lyons said of Dr. Marquez, “Patricia’s dedication to her students, to responsible entrepreneurship, and to the Changemaker Hub has been tireless and invaluable. Her immense skills and knowledge will only benefit the Kroc School for Peace Studies. I look forward to working with her and the KSPS.”

After being a Cisneros Visiting Scholar at Harvard’s David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies and the Harvard Business School from 2005-2006, Dr. Márquez joined the management department in USD’s School of Business Administration where she is currently a tenured Associate Professor. At the School of Business Administration, she has taught courses on entrepreneurship for social change, business and society, and business initiatives with the socio-economic base-of-the-pyramid.

Dr. Márquez has served as the director of the Center for Peace and Commerce, a joint initiative between the School of Business Administration and the Kroc School of Peace Studies. Under her leadership, in 2011 the CPC launched the Social Innovation Challenge, which is now offered to all USD students. In 2012 Dr. Márquez became the director of the USD Changemaker Hub, a collaborative model to support and promote creativity, connectivity, and innovation for sustainability and social change.

Moving forward, Dr. Marquez hopes that the KSPS will continue to be a force for peaceful conflict resolution in a world rich with strife. “With rising conflicts and injustices, much energy seems to go into institutions focusing on war as opposed to peace building and justice creation. KSPS is one of the few schools of its nature in the world with innovative approaches to integrating thinking and action for peace and justice.”

The University of San Diego’s Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies is dedicated to building and sustaining peace and justice through innovative learning, interdisciplinary analysis, advanced practice and engaged public policy.

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 8,000 students from 75 countries and 44 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. USD’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 recently concluded our successful $317M Leading Change: The Campaign for USD, which represented the most ambitious fundraising effort in the history of the university. In September 2016, USD introduced Envisioning 2024, a strategic plan that 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.


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