Jeff Pugh is assistant professor and graduate program director of conflict resolution in the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He is also the executive director of the Center for Mediation, Peace, and Resolution of Conflict (CEMPROC), based in Quito, Ecuador. He was previously assistant professor of political science at Providence College. Pugh received his PhD in political science from the Johns Hopkins University, after completing BAs in political science and speech communication from the University of Georgia, where he was a Foundation Fellow in the Honors program and graduated summa cum laude. He received additional professional training from the International Institute for Mediation and Conflict Resolution (IIMCR) at Tec de Monterrey, Mexico; the Baltimore Community Mediation Program; Community Mediation Maryland; and others.
Pugh's book project focuses on the role of non-state actors in fostering peace and human security in refugee-receiving communities. He has published articles on international negotiation, post-conflict trusteeship, environmental conflict in Ecuador, democratic participation through social movements, faith-based peacebuilding, study abroad as a peacebuilding intervention, and refugee-related conflict. His work has been recognized with multiple best paper awards for articles and conference papers, and his dissertation won the 2011 Peace and Justice Studies Association Best Graduate Dissertation of the Year award. He was a 2014-2015 Fulbright Scholar at FLACSO Ecuador.
Under his leadership, CEMPROC has reached over 4,500 adults and children from more than 15 countries around the globe with its grassroots conflict resolution training programs. In addition to developing numerous innovative experiential and study abroad programs to teach conflict resolution at the university level, he has taught Negotiation, International Conflict Resolution, Peace & Justice, Theories of Conflict Resolution, International Relations, Latin American Politics, International Organizations, and Model Organization of American States. Most recently, he is the co-founder of the Summer Institute on Conflict Transformation Across Borders in Quito, Ecuador. He has given invited talks at the United Nations Interagency Framework Team on Preventive Action, Harvard, Brown, FLACSO-Ecuador, Universidad de las Americas, the University of Addis Ababa, and other sites in the United States, Ecuador, Ethiopia, and South Africa. Pugh formerly served on the selection committee for the Delta Prize for Peace and Global Understanding, whose recipients included President Jimmy Carter, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, President Mikhail Gorbachev, and others, and he is a past president of the Middle Atlantic Council on Latin American Studies (MACLAS).