Faculty Profile: Joy Meeker

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Joy Meeker

Joy Meeker, PhD., has taught peace studies and conflict resolution for the past two decades at institutions including Syracuse University (NY), Colgate University (NY), Northland College (WI), and Sonoma State University (CA). Alongside peace and conflict studies, she has also taught within environmental studies, gender studies, and sociology departments. She has served on the national boards of both the Peace Studies Association and the Peace and Social Justice Association. As a scholar practitioner, she orients her work toward social and environmental justice and is happy to join the faculty of Saybrook's Transformative Social Change Specialization.

Dr. Meeker has a Masters from the University of Notre Dame in Peace Studies where she was an international fellow, and a PhD from the California Institute for Integral Studies in Transformative Learning and Change. Her PhD research used a feminist lens to investigate the role of emotion in peace and conflict education.

Meeker also has extensive experience as a conflict practitioner, which includes coordinating several campus mediation centers, as well as co-founding two mediation centers. She has a rich conflict training experience, and has trained hundreds of university and high school students in mediation, nonviolence, diversity, and sexual harassment prevention. She has also facilitated over a hundred small and large group interventions, currently focusing her training and conflict work with the National Park Service and with the women imprisoned in the State Valley Women’s Prison in Chowchilla, CA.

Joy is available to work with Saybrook students around a wide-ranging set of topics including feminist inquiry, qualitative inquiry, social and environmental movements, peace studies, conflict studies, nonviolent social change, and pedagogy.

To give a taste of her most current research interests, Meeker’s academic presentations in 2013 include: How to invite “presence” online: Insights from conflict educators (Association for Conflict Resolution Annual Conference, forthcoming in October 2013); When students and structures meet in class: Dilemmas of pedagogy when teaching difficult knowledge (American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, forthcoming April 2013); Discomfort and injustice (invited campus speaker by the Conflict Studies Program, DePauw University, April 2013); The feminist killjoy? Dilemmas of troubling power in our daily lives. (Women’s Studies, DePauw University, April 2013); The limits of problem solving: Creative conflict practice with environmental groups (Environmental fellows luncheon, DePauw University, April 2013); Creative strategies for qualitative research and writing (invited speaker, CIIS graduate intensive, January 2013); Feminist responses to violence: Recognizing emotions as resources for transformation, (2013 Residential Conference Seminar, Saybrook, January, 2013).

Curriculum Vitae

Upcoming Presentations and Public Addresses

Degrees, Discipline, Year, Institution

Ph.D. in Transformative Learning and Change, California Institute for Integral Studies, 2012.

M.A. in Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame, 1990.

B.A., Liberal Arts, DePauw University, 1986.

Current Projects and Professional Activities


Research Interests


Research Expertise

Expertise Working with Saybrook Students


Research Expertise

Research Expertise Rating Guide:

  1. studied in a class or have read intensively on my own
  2. special training in the form of a workshop or equivalent
  3. taught a class in, or supervised research using this method (research practicum, on a dissertation or master's committee
  4. used in research myself
  5. published or presented at conferences my research using this method

Methods Traditionally Considered As Quantitative (But Need Not Be)

Laboratory Research
Field Experiments
Randomized Controlled Clinical
Quasi-experimental methods
Correlational Methods

Methods That Could Use Quantitative Or Qualitative Methods

Action Research
Survey Research
Interview Research
Observational Research
Epidemiological Research
Focus Groups
Self-Observational Methods
Narrative Methods
Feminist Methods
Content Analysis
Discovery-Oriented (psychotherapy)
Events paradigm (psychotherapy)
Archival Research
Case History Methods
Appreciative Inquiry
Multiple Case Depth Research
Hermeneutic Single Case Efficacy Design
Longitudinal research
Cross-sectional research

Methods Primarily Associated With Qualitative Research (But May Also Use Quantitative)

Ethnoautobiographical research
Grounded Theory
Heuristic Research

Types of Analysis

Simple Parametric Statistics (t-test, etc.)
Confidence intervals
Analysis of Variance (including MANOVA)
Analysis of Covariance
Regression (including multiple regression)
Discriminant Function Analysis
Structural Equation Modeling/Path Analysis
Causal Modeling
Cluster Analysis
Survival Analysis
Bayesian Analysis
Meta-analysis and effect sizes
Factor Analysis
Time series analysis
Multidimensional scaling