Ronald Pagnucco, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Also Visiting Professor at Centre for Social Justice and Ethics at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa; Nairobi, Kenya

Co-editor, The Journal of Social Encounter. published by the Centre for Social Justice and Ethics, The Catholic University of Eastern Africa - Nairobi.

(320) 363-5784
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Office: HAB, Room 116, CSB


  • Ph.D. in Sociology, The Catholic University of America, 1992.
  • M.A. in Anthropology, The Catholic University of America, 1983.
  • B.A. in Religion & Religious Studies and Anthropology, The Catholic University of America, 1979.

Courses taught:

  • Introduction to Peace Studies
  • Mediation and Conflict Resolution
  • Human Rights
  • Religion, Society and Politics
  • Justice, Peace and Reconciliation
  • Social Movements

Research and teaching interests:

  • Human Rights
  • Peacebuilding and Intergroup Tension Reduction
  • Social and Political Reconciliation
  • Social Movements
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Religion, Politics, and Peace
  • East Africa, especially Kenya
  • Experiential Learning
  • Service Learning


Publications by Dr. Ron Pagnucco:

A Vision for Justice: Engaging Catholic Social Teaching on the College Campus

Susan Crawford Sullivan and Ron Pagnucco

 The African edition of this book has been published by Catholic University of Eastern Africa -Gaba (Eldoret) Press.


Transnational Social Movements and Global Politics: Solidarity Beyond the State

Jackie Smith, Charles Chatfield, and Ron Pagnucco

Spring 2021 Courses:


This course examines the nature of human conflict and the avenues for managing and resolving conflict nonviolently. It develops skills in conflict assessment, negotiation, and mediation. Intervention in disputes at the group, organizational, family and other levels are examined and practiced. The role of gender is given special emphasis. The theory and methods of nonviolent direct action against an opponent are studied.


From the Book of Exodus to the Hebrew prophets and the New Testament, one finds the utopian vision of a just, peaceful and reconciled world, summarized in the biblical term "shalom." Through the study of biblical texts and contemporary writings, we will explore the Judeo-Christian tradition's vision of justice, peace and reconciliation. Through the analysis of case studies we will explore how individuals, organizations and communities in the tradition are working to bring about shalom in various parts of the world through such means as nonviolent action, the defense of human rights, methods to conflict resolution and transformation, and efforts for peacebuilding and reconciliation.


Recent developments in the United States and other parts of the world have led observers to look closely at religious groups, beliefs and activities concerning the state, society and sociopolitical issues like cultural diversity and war and peace. In this course we will examine the Judeo-Christian tradition and address such questions as: What is the relationship between religion and ethnicity and religion and nationalism? What is religious fundamentalism? How do various groups view their relationship with the state and the broader society? What kinds of social and political goals do religious groups have and how do they try and achieve them? We will try to answer these and other questions through the study of historical and sociological case studies and selected religious texts reflecting the range of belief and practice in the Judeo-Christian tradition.

Fall 2021 Courses:

PCST 368G - Religion, Society and Politics

PCST 368E - Justice, Peace (2 offerings)