Jill Strauss

Assistant Professor, Speech, Communications and Theatre Arts

Jill Strauss obtained her PhD from the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland in 2010, where she designed an innovative fieldwork project integrating storytelling and visual art for empathy and validation as one way to address a history of mutual humiliation and historical conflict with an intergenerational group of Catholics and Protestants. The artwork that came out of her doctoral fieldwork was exhibited several times both in Northern Ireland and in the United States. She also holds a Master of Education in Peace Education and Conflict Resolution from Teachers College, Columbia University. 

From 2009 through summer 2014 she was an adjunct at John Jay College where she taught the Sociology of Conflict course and in the Interdisciplinary Studies Program.  In 2012-2013 she was the Fulbright Research Chair in North American Society and Culture at Concordia University, Montreal, QC, Canada. In 2013, with Dr. Maria Volpe, Director of the Dispute Resolution Center at John Jay College, she received a U.S. Institute of Peace Public Education for Peace building Support initiative grant to bring the artists involved in her Fulbright project to John Jay and New York City. 

Her research involves Restorative Practices and the visual interpretation of narrative and difficult histories. She is a member of the national organization called Coming to the Table that seeks to heal from the racial wounds of the past—from slavery and the many forms of racism it produced.