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Neil Funk-Unrau

MSC Associate Dean; Associate Professor of Conflict Resolution Studies

Neil Funk-Unrau


Administration, Conflict Resolution Studies, MA in Peacebuilding and Collaborative Dev






Neil Funk-Unrau is the Associate Dean of Menno Simons College, and is Associate Professor of Conflict Resolution Studies. Dr. Funk-Unrau obtained an MA in Peace Studies from Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminaries in Elkhart, Indiana, USA, in 1983 and then worked for over a decade with Canadian indigenous communities before returning to the USA to study at Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York where he obtained a PhD in Social Science in 2001. Neil has worked for MSC since 2000, teaching courses on conflict resolution and restorative justice as well as serving in various administrative roles such as the Program Coordinator for Conflict Resolution Studies (2006-2012) and acting Dean of MSC (May to June, 2013).  Research interests include use and misuse of public apology processes, the legacy of Canadian indigenous residential and day school abuses, and the history of indigenous-Mennonite relations in Canada

In addition to teaching and research, Neil served as a founding Board member of the Canadian Restorative Justice Consortium from 2012 to 2015 and as a founding Board member of the new Canadian peace and Conflict Studies Association since 2015. In 2017, Neil also became the senior editor of Peace Research: The Canadian Journal of Peace and Conflict Studies, published biannually by Menno Simons College.

Neil and Genny Funk-Unrau are members of Charleswood Mennonite Church and parents of two adult daughters.  Besides the inevitable suburban yardwork and minor home repair, Neil's leisure activities include curling in winter, some golf and occasional biking in summer, and a wide range of reading any time of year.

Areas of Teaching

conflict resolution, restorative justice, conflict theory, culture and conflict


PhD, Syracuse University, 2001; MA, Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminaries, 1983; B Sc, (Hon) University of Manitoba, 1976

Work in Detail


Courses taught include the following:

Downtown Campus

CRS-1200 Introduction to Conflict Resolution Studies

CRS-2210 Conflict Theory and Analysis 

CRS-2221 Restorative Justice   

CRS-2241 Conflict and Culture

CRS-2281 Special Topics in CRS: Globus Social Justice Institute

CRS-3220 Models of Conflict Transformation

CRS-3262 Critical Issues in CRS: Identity-Based Conflict

CRS-3243 Transforming Identity Conflict

CRS-4200 Senior Seminar in Conflict Resolution Studies

Shaftesbury Campus

SOCI-2030/3  Intercultural Theory and Practice            


Neil has researched and published several articles and chapters on the history of Canadian indigenous relations and on the role of public apologies in re-negotiating social relationships. Major publications include:   

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