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Center for the Study of Peace and Violence Prevention


Center for the Study of Peace and Violence Prevention

About the CPSVP:

The Virginia Tech Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention is an academic and research organization whose vision builds on the cultural initiatives that evolved within the Virginia Tech community after the tragedy of April 16, 2007.

The Center's educational mission envisions a world informed by cross-disciplinary work in violence prevention research, education, and hands-on learning experiences.

The CPSVP is a hub for research, education, service learning, and community outreach dedicated to the study and prevention of violence in global and local contexts.


CPSVP Represented as Co-Sponsor of the 2015 International Conference on Conflict Resolution Education at George Mason University:

Lori L. Hall, PhD Candidate, recently attended the International Conference on Conflict Resolution Education, where she participated in a pre-conference workshop at the Organization of American States (OAS). The Organization of American States is the world’s oldest regional Pan-American organization, made up of 34 active member states. The OAS operates under four pillars: promoting democracy, human rights and justice, multidimensional security and integral development in the western hemisphere. The OAS brings together governmental leaders and ambassadors from all 34 member states to discuss issues of importance and interest to the Americas. Ms. Hall is pictured below, in the center of the front row. 

    Ph.D Student Lori Hall represents CPSVP at the International Conference on Conflict Resolution Education


CPSVP Research on Violence Program Seed Grant Awardees:

We are pleased to announce that the Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention has selected the following proposals to be awarded research funding in the study of violence:

“Representations of Violence: Rape in the Penny Presses of Nineteenth-Century France” -- submitted by Rhonda Pennington, Associate Professor of French, Adjunct Professor of Women's and Gender Studies, and ASPECT faculty affiliate. 

“Investigating Associations between School Climate and Bullying” -- submitted by Chiaki Konishi, Instructor, School of Education, Leadership, Counseling and Research Program; and Yasuo Miyazaki, Associate Professor, School of Education, Leadership, Counseling and Research Program.

“Eye Gaze and Aggression in Children With Callous-Unemotional Tendencies: Mediation by Emotion Recognition and Empathic Responding” -- submitted by Bradley White, Assistant Professor, Psychology; Thomas Ollendick, University Distinguished Professor, Psychology; Robin Panneton, Director, Office of Degree Development and Support, Department of Psychology. 


Undergraduate Program:

The CPSVP has developed an undergraduate degree option at Virginia Tech. This Minor in PEACE STUDIES & VIOLENCE PREVENTION (PSVP) will offer students an opportunity to focus on either local or global issues of peace and violence. The CPSVP offers an introductory course (PSVP/SOC 2044) that presents basic concepts and theories of peace and violence and a capstone seminar course (PSVP 4104) that permits students to crystallize what they have learned within their major fields of study, and to work closely with students from other disciplines. NOTE: Some courses on the checksheet linked below may require substitution as the curriculum is updated. The process is not difficult, and usually only requires one to fill out a form. 

Please visit our Undergraduate Program page for more information.

For more news about past and upcoming events, please visit our News page




Contact Information

205 Norris Hall (0911)
495 Old Turner Street
Blacksburg, VA 24061
P: (540) 231-2345
F: (540) 231-0929


COMING SOON! Video of Keynote Address from the 2015 Student Research Symposium, "Cultivating Peace," by Timothy Phillips. 
Bonus Material: Exclusive Interview with Mr. Phillips by Marc Lucht, Director of the Undergraduate Research Institute, CLAHS.

CPSVP-affiliated course offered in Summer II, 2015: AAEC 1264, CRN 72783, taught by Dr. Ellerbrock.