Nancy Erbe, LL.M., J.D.

Dr. Nancy Erbe

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Nancy Erbe is a Presidential Outstanding Professor, Dominguez Hills and Fulbright Distinguished Chair in American Studies, Pontifical Catholic University Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2015) (social inequalities, urban studies, international relations). She received a Fulbright Nehru in South Asian Conflict and Fulbright Specialist awards in peace and conflict resolution to Cyprus and Bethlehem, West Bank. She has a total of four Fulbright awards to date. She serves as a Fulbright reviewer in the U.S. and Egypt.

Nancy Erbe has authored four books: 1) Holding These Truths: Empowerment and Recognition in Action (an interactive multicultural case study curriculum for catalyzing justice with conflict tools, skills and ethics), 2) Negotiation Alchemy: Global Skills Inspiring and Transforming Diverging Worlds (named by book authority as one of the top 100 conflict resolution books of all time and one of the 23 best new conflict resolution books to read in 2021), 3) Organizational Conflict Resolution: An Intelligent Guide to Transforming Troubled Organizations, and 4) Living Inspiration: A Text/Workbook for Applied Ethics, Public Speaking, Human Relations and the Creative Good (Be the Change You Want to See in the World: The Leadership Skills All Employers Seek). She has edited five books on organizational diversity and innovation, international and cross-cultural leadership, nonviolence, and reducing violence in schools, with several chapters contributed by NCRP students and DH colleagues. The U.N. has translated her legal and feminist scholarship on human trafficking into several languages. Harvard Negotiation Law Journal published her article on mediation’s role with global governance. She has authored many articles with five in international law reviews.

Before joining NCRP, the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine discovered her after conducting a national search for an expert in education and conflict. She was teaching multicultural conflict resolution at UC-Berkeley where she was the founding director of the Rotary Center for International Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution. She began teaching at the University of Denver (Graduate School of Social Work; Applied Communications) while practicing full-time as a mediator, securities arbitrator, consultant and trainer. Professor Erbe began mediating after several years of award winning advocacy and while practicing school, health care (Mayo clinic), business and entertainment (Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis) law with the international law firm Fredrickson and Byron.

Her clients include the Nansen Network (helping facilitate cross-ethnic and interfaith dialogue during the Balkans war), the Beahrs Environmental Leadership School, the International Summer School at the University of Oslo, Wu Yee, the U.S. Office of Personnel, and U.S. Dept. of the Interior as well as government clients across the country (federal, state, county and city).

Professor Erbe regularly serves as a plenary speaker at international conferences regarding the status of women and children, South Asia, nonviolence, social inequalities and violence, and peacebuilding. She has lectured to the Consul General of Rio de Janeiro, Delhi High Court, at the Winter School on Gandhi, Institute for Advanced Study, Cornell School of Law, and several universities around the world including Bethlehem Bible College, West Bank (Culture of Peace). Panels with her colleagues and students have occurred with the Association for Conflict Resolution, Peace and Justice Studies Assn. and the International Ombudsman Assn. She has received numerous awards and honors including recognition by the Society of Women’s Engineers for excellence in physics and math, the Wennerstrom award for outstanding service as the director of a legal aid clinic, and designation as a Paul Harris Fellow for promoting harmony and understanding among the people of the world. She is listed as noted prestigious faculty at many domestic and international universities including Pepperdine, Oslo and Denver.