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Assistant Professor of Dispute Resolution in John Jay College-CUNY, Specializing in Restorative Practices and Critical Reflection with Conflict Resolution Practitioners

Welcome, and thank you for stopping by my website. I am an Assistant Professor in the Sociology Department of John Jay College specializing in Conflict Resolution and Restorative Justice. I come to John Jay via The School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University (now the Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution), where I earned my Ph.D. My research has primarily focused on the use of critical reflective practice as a learning method for conflict resolution practitioners. I am also passionate about and deeply entrenched in research on restorative justice, participatory action research, mediation, and practitioner epistemologies. Before entering academia, I served as the Restorative Justice Coordinator of New York Peace Institute where I managed mediation and restorative justice initiatives with the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office, Juvenile Justice Courts, schools, and community agencies in Brooklyn and Manhattan.

I have trained or coached hundreds of individuals in communication skills, mediation, and other facilitative interventions. Since 2000, I have worked in the U.S. and abroad in collaborative processes and restorative justice projects with a variety of groups, including civil society organizations in India, indigenous peoples in Argentina, immigrants and refugees, and homicide offenders and victim-survivors in Kentucky.  I have a B.A. in Religion and Peace Studies from Swarthmore College and an M.A. in International Relations through a Rotary Peace Fellowship at Universidad del Salvador in Argentina. I come from Panama and live in New York City with my multi-generational, multi-cultural family.