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Research Spotlight


In conjunction with the Office of Sponsored Programs, the Office for the Advancement of Research is pleased to spotlight Dr. Maria R. Volpe, Professor of Sociology, Director of the Dispute Resolution Program at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and Director of the CUNY Dispute Resolution Center at John Jay which focuses on conflict resolution research and innovative program development.  An internationally known scholar, Dr. Volpe has lectured, researched, and written extensively about dispute resolution processes, particularly mediation.  She has been widely recognized for her distinguished career in the field of dispute resolution, including the 2008 Lawrence Cooke Peace Innovator Award, the 2010 Association for Conflict Resolution of Greater New York Achievement Award, 2011 Frontline Champion Award, 2013 FamilyKind annual award, 2013 UN International Day of Peace ATOP Award, among others. In addition to teaching and research, she mediates conflicts in educational settings, conducts dispute resolution skills training, administers grant-funded projects, and facilitates for a wide range of groups. At John Jay College, she has created and facilitated town meetings, cops and kids dialogues, Muslim/Non-Muslim student dialogues, Black Jewish Dialogues, intergenerational dialogues, and Asian American student discussions. Since 9/11 she initiated the NYC-DR listserv, the monthly NYC-DR Roundtable Breakfast, and a variety of dispute resolution public awareness initiatives. At John Jay College, she serves as faculty advisor to the Muslim Students Association and the Middle Eastern Students Club. Dr. Volpe is an Editorial Board Member of Conflict Resolution Quarterly, Negotiation Journal, and Practical Dispute Resolution.  She has served in leadership roles on countless Boards of Directors and Advisory Committees at the local, state and national levels of conflict resolution organizations.  Most recently, she was elected as an Executive Board Member and Treasurer of the North American Association of Islamic and Muslim Studies. Dr. Volpe's scholarly work is a unique combination of traditional research and application of conflict resolution processes to innovative program development for which she has received nearly $2,000,000 over the years. Her funders have included the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, NY Times Foundation, JAMS Foundation, United States Institute of Peace, Surdna Foundation, Andrus Foundation, Cottonwood Foundation, and government entities, among others. Her current research focuses on police use of mediation, conflict resolution in higher education, dispute resolution responses to disasters since 9/11, roots of diversity in the dispute resolution field, and barriers to minority participation in dispute resolution.  Dr. Volpe has lectured extensively about her research in the United States and abroad including Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Canada, South Korea, Singapore, Holland, France, Italy, Northern Ireland, and Spain.