Center for Nonviolence & Peace Studies

Promotes peace and a global beloved community through nonviolence.

Center Staff Members

Paul Bueno de Mesquita, Ph.D.

Paul Bueno de Mesquita, Ph.D.

Center Director (2009-present) & Professor of Psychology

Silvia-Chandley Professor of Nonviolence & Peace Studies (2010-2012)

For more than 30 years Paul has worked as a professional psychologist and advocate for mental health, violence prevention and positive psychological development, particularly in under-represented low-income communities. A Level III Nonviolence Trainer, he directs the annual International Nonviolence Summer Institute. Under his leadership during the past 5 years, the global reach of the Center has expanded dramatically to include certification of more than 200 training affiliates in 35 countries and conflict regions. A native Texan, Paul has been a life-long musical activist and singer/songwriter for peace, justice and nonviolent social change.



Linda Laurenzo

Linda Laurenzo

Administrative Assistant

Linda is Paul’s right hand person who does it all. She is a friendly and positive spirit who is always eager to help. Her talent and experience have helped the Center remain organized as we continue our pursuit for peace and nonviolence. Linda has worked at URI for  15 years, most recently in the office of Dean Winnie Brownell in Arts and Sciences.

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