Joyce Neu is the first director of the newly established Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice (IPJ) at the University of San Diego. She is a CU graduate who cut classes each year to attend the CWA, and looks forward to meeting students following in her footsteps. Dr. Neu came to the IPJ from The Carter Center in Atlanta, where she facilitated discussions between parties in conflict in Bosnia, Congo-Brazzaville, Ethiopia, Mali, Sudan, and Uganda. She led a Carter Center team to restore Sudan-Uganda bilateral relations. That initiative culminated in a summit with two heads of state and President Carter, serving as mediator, in Nairobi in December 1999. In June 2000, Dr. Neu received a “Peacemaker/Peacebuilder” award from the National Peace Foundation in Washington, DC.
She serves on the boards of th Institute for International Mediation and Conflict Resolution, the San Diego Mediation Center, NeXus, a journal on conflict resolution, and CoExist, an international magazine.
Dr. Neu has taught at Emory University, the University of Southern California, the University of California at Irvine, and Penn State University. In addition to her role as Director of the new Institute for Peace and Justice, she is also Associate Professor of Communication Studies at the University of San Diego. Dr. Neu was a senior Fulbright professor in Poland in 1997 and a Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal.