Joseph G. Bock is the incoming director of the PhD program in International Conflict Management at Kennesaw State University. He has also taught at University of Notre Dame, Monterey Institute for International Studies, Hebrew University, Eastern Mennonite University, and William Jewell College. He researches and publishes on violence prevention, which is one of the sub-fields of global health. He has twelve years of international humanitarian experience. He directed Catholic Relief Services’ programs in Pakistan and Jerusalem/West Bank/Gaza Strip, and oversaw programs in Bosnia, Croatia, Guinea, Iraq, Kosovo, Liberia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Pakistan, Rwanda, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Thailand, and Uganda while serving as Vice President at American Refugee Committee. In 2010, he took a two-month leave from Notre Dame to serve as American Refugee Committee’s country director in Haiti following its devastating earthquake. In addition, he has served as a consultant to The Asia Foundation on conflict management and democratic governance, providing support in Thailand, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.
Bock has been a speaker at the World Bank on violence prevention; at University of Malta on the use of information technologies in humanitarian relief; at the Woodrow Wilson Center on foreign aid to Pakistan; at a UN Assembly in Cairo, Egypt about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; in Leuven, Belgium on ethnic violence and religious extremism; at University of Karachi on conflict early warning and early response; and, at Macalister College on the refugee crisis in Africa. He served as a panelist for InterAction in Washington, DC about international issues facing Internally Displaced Persons.
Bock is an editorial adviser to Development in Practice, a peer-reviewed journal founded by Oxfam Great Britain. He is the author of three books. His most recent, The Technology of Non-Violence: Social Media and Violence Prevention, was published by MIT Press in 2012. His articles have appeared in various peer-reviewed journals including Political Geography, Journal of Peace Research; and Journal of Refugee Studies. His articles have also appeared in popular publications including America magazine, The Kansas City Star, and The Baltimore Sun.
Bock served as a member of the Working Group on Reconciliation of Caritas Internationalis, based in Vatican City. He received his Ph.D. in International Relations from the School of International Service of American University in Washington, D.C. He was a Fellow with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and Executive Director of the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship at Haverford College and at the Secure World Foundation. He served six years in the Missouri House of Representatives, with leadership positions as Chair of the Energy and Environment Committee and Vice-Chair of the Commerce Committee. More recently, he was a candidate for the U.S. Congress.