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Center for Peace and Justice Education Faculty & Staff

Faculty members who teach courses in the curriculum come from various major departments and colleges within the University, including Theology and Religious Studies, Sociology, Philosophy, Economics and History.


Visiting Faculty

camille burge


Dr. Camille Burge, Assistant Director of the Center for Peace and Justice Education and Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science

Camille Burge is an Assistant Professor of Political Science. Before arriving at Villanova in the Fall of 2014, she received her MA and PhD from Vanderbilt University. From 2010 to 2013, Camille was a recipient of the prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.Her research interests lie at the intersection of political psychology and racial and ethnic politics. Specifically, she is interested in studying how we experience emotions as members of groups and how these experiences shape our political opinions and behavior. She is in the process of finishing her first book manuscript, Fired Up, Ready to Go: Pride, Shame, and Anger in African-American Politics, where she uses mixed methods to explore the political implications of African-Americans’emotional experiences. During her first two years at Villanova Camille was deeply involved in CPJE activities and is ecstatic about working more closely with individuals affiliated with the center especially on issues related to race, emotions, and gun control, and the relationships between global hip-hop and social justice.

billie murray


Dr. Billie Murray, Faculty-in-Residence of the Center for Peace and Justice Education and Professor, Department of Communications

Billie Murray is Associate Professor of Communication and Faculty-in-Residence with the Center for Peace and Justice Education at Villanova University. Her scholarly work seeks to advance understandings about public space, activism, hate speech, and the rhetoric of social protest and has appeared in Argumentation and Advocacy, First Amendment Studies, Western Journal of Communication, and Communication Theory. She is currently working on a book-length project under contract with University of California Press detailing her activist-scholarship on public responses to hate speech.


vito punzi


Dr. Vito Punzi, Visiting Faculty, Center for Peace and Justice Education and Professor Department, Chemical Engineering

Vito Punzi is a Professor of Chemical Engineering, having joined the Villanova faculty in 1980. His current teaching interests are in the chemical engineering sciences courses Introduction to Chemical Processes and Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics I, along with the elective courses Industrial Liquid and Solid Waste Treatment, and Catholic Social Teaching for Engineers. One of his ongoing research areas is the theoretical and applied aspects of traditional chemical engineering separation processes that can be used in industrial and hazardous waste treatment, with a current emphasis on the use of sustainable (non-chemical) additives derived from plant and shellfish wastes for removal of particulate matter from currently unused but potentially usable drinking water sources. Another of his ongoing research areas is in Socially Responsible Engineering, an area in which he seeks to provide motivation, guidance, and instruction to engineers of good will who believe social responsibility and social justice are important parts of an engineering vocation. During Summer 2019, he was a VERITAS Faculty Research Program award recipient, and he was awarded the Lindback Award for Outstanding Teaching in 2004 and the Gallen Award for Outstanding Service in 2014.

caitlin barry


Dr. Caitlin Barry, Visiting Faculty, Center for Peace and Justice Education and Professor of Law, Villanova University

Caitlin Barry is a community lawyer whose work focuses on migrant justice, gender self-determination and grassroots empowerment. Caitlin directs the Farmworker Legal Aid Clinic, where she teaches the clinic seminar and supervises students advocates in immigration and employment matters and collaborates with local community-based organizations on advocacy and outreach projects. Caitlin joined the Villanova faculty in 2012 as a Reuchlein Clinical Teaching Fellow and became the Director of the Farmworker Clinic in 2015. From 2011-2012, Caitlin supervised the Temple Immigration Law Clinic at Nationalities Service Center (NSC) as an adjunct professor. Prior to her clinical teaching, Caitlin served as a staff attorney at NSC, specializing in deportation defense for individuals targeted by the criminal system, and from 2007 to 2012 she was also the Immigration Specialist at the Defender Association of Philadelphia, a position she created with a 2007 post-graduate fellowship from the Berkeley Law Foundation. She is a graduate of the New College of Florida and Temple Law, where she was awarded the Beth Cross Memorial Award for Public Interest Service and the Leonard Sigal Memorial Award for Academic Excellence in Criminal Law.

Center for Peace and Justice Education Visiting Faculty for 2022-2023

The Center for Peace and Justice Education (CPJE) has developed a program to establish visiting faculty positions, internal to the Villanova community. This initiative increases collaboration between various departments/colleges and lays the groundwork for the expansion of interdisciplinary Peace and Justice courses.  In addition, visiting faculty contribute resources, contacts, and opportunities within their areas of expertise to strengthen research possibilities for Villanova students, CPJE’s lectures and events, and future opportunities for CPJE graduates and alumni.

All full-time faculty members at Villanova are eligible to become a CPJE Visiting Faculty member.  The position lasts one year (with the possibility of a second year).  The visiting faculty member will maintain their office space as well as teaching and other commitments in their home department and will join CPJE staff for selected meetings and events during the year.  The visiting faculty member is invited to participate in the work of the Center in the specific ways identified below.  The 2022-2023 CPJE visiting faculty member will be selected with a desire for representation across disciplines and Colleges. Thus, we actively seek faculty who are typically underrepresented in our activities.

CPJE Visiting Faculty Description:

*1-year commitment with the opportunity for a second year.

*Join the CPJE staff for regular meetings each semester.

*Offer one lecture, panel, or workshop during the academic year on a topic connecting the faculty member’s area of expertise with themes of peace and justice.

*Develop and/or teach a course with a Peace and Justice attribute.  Ideally, this will take place during the time as a CPJE visiting faculty member.  (Courses with a PJ attribute include courses that are taught out of one’s home department and have been approved to count as a PJ elective.)

*Additional contributions vary depending on interest and expertise.

Other contributions may include:

Serve as a mentor to PJ major or minor interested in the faculty member’s field of study.

Serve as director or reader for the thesis of a PJ major.

Offer input/ideas for CPJE programming.

Offer input/guidance to one of the CPJE student groups.

Advise on faculty outreach around university.

Give a Freedom School session or lead discussion in the CPJE film series.

Attend special CPJE events (Peace Award, MLK Keynote, PJ graduation, etc.).

Sit on one of the CPJE committees (e.g. Peace Award, MLK, Assessment, etc.)

Cultivate contacts beyond the university to develop further internship/career connections related to field of expertise.

In order to provide a sufficient incentive and recognition of the extra work being assumed beyond current commitments, the Center for Peace and Justice Education will compensate visiting faculty with a stipend of $1000 per semester ($2000 annually).

Application Deadline: Friday, March 25, 2022

Send your CV as well as a 1-2 page letter of interest, including any proposed activities to

In addition, please ask your department chair to email a short statement of support to CPJE director, Dr. Kathryn Getek Soltis (



Shigehiro Suzuki

Shigehiro Suzuki

The Center for Peace and Justice Education would like to thank Shige Suzuki, Ph.D., for his contribution to the Center for Peace and Justice Education while he served as a visiting faculty member from 2017 to 2019. 
Professor Shigehiro (Shige) Suzuki is a full time faculty member in Villanova University’s Political Science Department.  After graduating from Tokyo University, he entered the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and worked at the Japanese Embassy at Nairobi, Kenya from 1994 to 1996. His responsibilities there involved monitoring and analyzing development and human rights situations in Uganda, Kenya, and Rwanda, and the aftermath of genocide. After briefly working for the Brookings Institution in DC, from 2000 to 2001, he worked at the Executive Director’s Office and the Office of the Emergency Program of the UNICEF in New York.  From 2002 to 2004 he also worked at the Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the United Nations in NY. Throughout his stints at the Brookings Institution as well as the United Nations, Professor Suzuki tirelessly worked to protect and assist refugees and internally displaced persons who were affected by natural and human disasters. In 2011, he served as executive director of the Japan Platform, an NGO, working on relief efforts after the earthquake and tsunami that hit northern Japan. His research areas are the protection of and assistance to Internally Displaced Persons, and nuclear policies in Asia, specifically Japan.  At Villanova, Professor Suzuki has been teaching a variety of subjects including International Organization (United Nations), East Asian Politics, Refugees and Displaced Persons, Theories of War and Peace, Globalization, Development and Aid, International Relations, and American Foreign Policy.


Eugene McCarraher

Eugene McCarraher

The Center for Peace and Justice Education would like to thank Eugen Mc Carraher, Ph.D., for his contribution while he served as a 2014-2016 visiting faculty member. Eugene McCarraher is an Associate Professor of Humanities.  He is currently the acting assistant director of the Honors Program, and recently completed two years as an Ann Quinn Welsh Fellow in Honors.  Before arriving at Villanova in 2000 he taught at Rutgers and the University of Delaware; he has also been a visiting instructor at Princeton.  In 2005-2006, he was a Charles Ryskamp Fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies. His research interests include U. S. cultural, intellectual, religious, and economic history, as well as the relations among theology, politics, and economics. Based in the humanities department, where he teaches courses in culture and economics, politics and literature, and traditions of radicalism, he also teaches courses in modern U. S. history, the history of capitalism, and, for the Peace and Justice program, "Peace and Peacemakers."  In addition to publishing in scholarly journals, his book reviews and essays have appeared in Books and Culture,Commonweal, Dissent, the NationIn These Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Hedgehog Review, and Raritan.  His first book, Christian Critics:  Religion and the Impasse in Modern American Social Thought, was published by Cornell University Press in 2000; his second book, the manuscript of which he has just completed, will be entitled The Enchantments of Mammon:  Capitalism as the Religion of Modernity.  "Having had a long and happy informal relationship with CPJE, he looks forward to working more closely with colleagues and students there, focusing in particular on issues related to economics, technology, property, and utopian thinking."

Jim Wetzel

Jim Wetzel

The Center for Peace and Justice Education would like to thank Jim Wetzel for his contribution to the Center while he served as a visiting faculty member from 2013-2016. Dr. Wetzel, has a standing liaison position between CPJE and the Augustinian Institute where he holds the Augustinian Endowed Chair at Villanova University, where he is also a professor of philosophy. Prior to coming to Villanova in 2005, Dr. Wetzel taught for many years at Colgate University, a liberal arts college in Upstate New York. He has held visiting appointments at Notre Dame, Princeton, and Brown. His intellectual (and existential) interests lie at the intersection of philosophy and the religious life, and he has given a great deal of thought to the nature of philosophical piety and the peculiar expression that this piety takes in Augustinian Platonism. He has written three books on Augustine and Augustinian themes and edited a collection of essays on City of God. His teaching interests have taken him into SCI Graterford, where he has been regular presence in Villanova’s program there since the Spring of 2007, and into Bartley Hall, where he has taught VSB courses with his good friend and colleague, Ron Hill, a professor of marketing and business law and a recent faculty fellow at CPJE. A guiding ambition of Dr. Wetzel’s time at CPJE will be to consult with the regular faculty there about sharpening the focus of a projected new course, The Philosophy of the Social Venture, on peace and justice. This is a course whose design has so far been the collaborative work of visionary graduate students in philosophy and business. It is due to have its inaugural run in the Spring of 2015, where it will be taught by Drs. Wetzel and Hill on campus in VSB and conjointly at SCI Graterford. The basic ambition of the course is to offer a forum for attending to the ties between economy, social vision, and spiritual formation and thereby revisiting, in a community of unfixed possibilities, the true business of business.

Ronald Hill

Ron Hill

The Center for Peace and Justice Education would like to thank Ron Hill, Ph.D., for his contribution to the Center for Peace and Justice Education while he served as a visiting faculty member from 2012-2013. Dr. Hill joined us from the School of Business where he serves as the Richard J. and Barbara Nacleiro Chair. In addition to his other teaching  responsibilities,Dr. Hill teaches a marketing class entitled Philosophy of Exchange with Jim Wetzel, which holds a P&J attribute. Through this class, Ron seeks to conjoin groups of students from business and the arts and sciences to illuminate their  potential intersection and lend greater consciousness to our most persistent practices of exchange. In addition to the social justice aspect of his teaching, his research focuses on issues of social and public policy, including, as he describes, topics such as “homelessness, public-private collaborations, gender equity, consumption and environmental degradation, discrimination, and ethical leadership. Dr. Hill’s research has led to bettering the community worldwide through the implementation of youth entrepreneurship programs in impoverished neighborhoods in Philadelphia and even electornic waste management in South Asia. His excellence as an educator and profound commitment to bettering the world made Dr. Hill a valued asset to the Peace and Justice department during the 2012-2013 academic year.

Ronald Hill, Richard J. and Barbara Naclerio Chair in Business

  • Developed and taught PJ 5000-TOP: Surviving in a Material World (Spring 2014)
  • Taught MKT 2349 Philosophy of Exchange (PJ Attribute, Spring 2013)
  • Delivered public lecture: “Materialism and World Poverty” (Dec. 2012)
  • Presented Freedom School Session: “An Examination of the Impact of Marketplace Exclusion” (with Aronté Marie Bennett, Jan. 2013)
  • Moderated and organized panel: “The Business of Social Justice: Social Enterprises in Theory and Practice” (Feb. 2014) 
  • Facilitated CPJE Film Series Discussions: Terra Blight (Feb. 2013); The End of Poverty? (Nov. 2013); Surviving Progress (April 2014)
  •  Active and treasured member of the CPJE team for two years

“As a member of one of the professional schools, I was delighted to get an opportunity to work with people who are passionately pursuing the Augustinian mission of this university. The staff and faculty member of P&J are uniformly dedicated to making the institution as well as the larger world a better place. I am a better professor and human being for having been with them for the past two years.”-Ron Hill

Gay Strickler

Gay Strickler

The Center for Peace and Justice Education would like to thank Gay Strickler, Ph.D., for her contribution while she served as a 2012-2013 visiting faculty member. Dr. Strickler is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology. She designed a course based on the integration of her passion for both the arts and issues of social inequality. In her description of the course, Dr. Strickler describes that “Unfortunately, what we find is that those of lower socio-economic status generally do not have the same access to the arts as do their wealthier counterparts. In addition, one can argue that historically art (broadly defined) as embodied by marginalized groups, is often dismissed as inferior by those with the power to judge.” Dr. Strickler’s passion for social justice issues with her unique sociological focus on the arts and social work was a welcome asset to the Center.

Gaynor Strickler, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and

  • Developed and taught PJ 5000-TOP: Social Justice and the Arts (Fall 2013)
  • Delivered public lecture: “Confronting Social Justice through Art: A Conversation” (March 2013)
  • Presented Freedom School Session: “Women, Protest and the Art of the Arpillera” (January 2013) 
  • Moderated and organized panel: “Social Justice and the Arts: Panel Discussion” (Nov. 2013)
  • Facilitated CPJE Film Series Discussion: Shakespeare Behind Bars (March 2014)
  • Served as liaison with Advising for CLAS
  • Active and treasured member of the CPJE team for two years

 "It was an honor and a pleasure to work with P and J; the work they're doing is both stimulating and important. Plus they're all so darn much fun!"                                                              

  -Gay Strickler

Elizabeth Kolsky

Elizabeth Kolsky

Elizabeth Kolsky The Center for Peace and Justice Education would like to thank Elizabeth Kolsky, Ph.D., for her contribution while she served as a 2012-2013 visiting faculty member. Professor Kolsky is an Associate Professor of History and Director of Asian Studies. She teaches courses on South Asian history, colonial and post-colonial studies, and gender theory. She is currently working on a book about law and violence on the northwest frontier of British India. Recent book publications include Colonial Justice in British India: White Violence and the Rule of Law (Cambridge University Press, 2010) and Fringes of Empire: People, Places and Spaces in Colonial India, co-edited with Sameetah Agha (Oxford University Press, 2009).