ASU hosts 51st annual Peace Science Society (International) meeting

November 8, 2017

Arizona State University's School of Politics and Global Studies (SPGS) hosted the annual meeting of the Peace Science Society (International) on Nov. 2-4 at the Tempe Mission Palms. Cameron Thies, professor and director of SPGS, served as the local host for the event. This 51st meeting of the society included more than 250 scholars from the U.S. and around the world.

The society was founded in 1963 in order to promote the social scientific study of peace, conflict and conflict management in international relations. Since that time it has held workshops and conferences and developed a journal known as Conflict Management and Peace Science toward that end. The final session of the annual meeting of the Peace Science Society (International), hosted by ASU, was devoted to two dozen posters primarily highlighting the work of graduate students on similar topics. Download Full Image

The 2017 meeting at ASU began on Nov. 2 with nine separate workshops held at the Memorial Union designed to foster collaboration in the creation of data sets and the publication of book-length projects and to tackle real-world problems of conflict management. Topics covered in these workshops included the role of UN peacekeepers, designing security institutions in developing countries, the development of text-as-data methods, the use of game theoretic models for civil conflict, mediation and cybersecurity among others.  The workshops were attended by more than 100 participants engaged in these focused research projects.

The main conference started on Nov. 3 at the Tempe Mission Palms with a memorial session devoted to former SPGS faculty member Professor Will H. Moore. Moore had previously served as president of the Peace Science Society. Colleagues, former students, friends and family attended the event to remember his contributions to the field.

The remaining sessions on Nov. 3-4 were devoted to individual papers. The topics covered the usual wide range of issues connected to the social scientific study of peace and conflict, including work on insurgency, counter-insurgency, territorial conflicts, terrorism, nuclear proliferation, interstate war, coups, election-related violence and repression, as well as methodological advances in data collection and analysis. The final session was devoted to two dozen posters primarily highlighting the work of graduate students on similar topics.

SPGS faculty, including Reed Wood, Mark Ramirez and Henry Thomson, presented their research. Nine SPGS graduate students were featured in prominent roles helping to manage the conference.

For more information on the Peace Science Society (International), please see its webpage at

Matt Oxford

Assistant Director of Strategic Marketing and Communications, College of Global Futures


ASU college names new associate dean of academic affairs

Joanna Lucio named associate dean of academic affairs for College of Public Service and Community Solutions

November 8, 2017

Joanna Lucio has been named associate dean of academic affairs for the Arizona State University College of Public Service and Community Solutions. Lucio is an associate professor in the School of Public Affairs and affiliated faculty with the Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center.

“Through both her teaching and research, Joanna exemplifies the goals of our college. Her commitment to student success and deep community engagement will be a strong addition to our leadership team,” said Jonathan Koppell, dean of the College of Public Service and Community Solutions. joanna lucio Download Full Image

During her tenure at ASU, Lucio has been integrally involved in hands-on learning opportunities and promoting student success through undergraduate research, curriculum development and her work as an Honors faculty member.

“Over the past 11 years I have found working with students to be extremely rewarding, and I am excited to work with our amazing college staff on issues related to retention, recruitment, curriculum and supporting our students,” Lucio said. “I hope to help advance our college's mission and develop opportunities to help our students be successful in their learning and engage in their communities.”

“Joanna has been a consistent advocate for our students,” said Cynthia Lietz, senior associate dean. “She connects course content, research and partnership with the community to show students how they make a difference.”

Lucio joined ASU in 2006. Her research explores how urban governance, planning and policy impacts diverse groups in society. She works to advance the rights of disenfranchised residents through the evaluation and analysis of housing and neighborhood policies and programs, particularly for low-income residents.

The work has had an impact on the local community. In a recent project with one of her doctoral students, city of Phoenix housing officials made program changes based on the findings by encouraging housing managers to seek resources they did not know existed and to collaborate with resident service coordinators to deliver more resident-focused services. In one of her service-learning classes, her students developed a policy white paper for redeveloping brownfields in downtown Phoenix into spaces for the arts.

In 2016, she was recognized as the college’s Emerging Community Solutions Scholar.

Lucio holds a doctorate in urban and public administration from the University of Texas at Arlington. 

Heather Beshears

director marketing and communications, College of Public Service and Community Solutions