John Reuwer Adjunct Professor, Peace and Justice



B.A., University of Virginia
M.D., University of Virginia
* plus a 38-year career in emergency and occupational medicine

Areas of Expertise:

Mindfullness, Mental and Physical Wellness
Nonviolent Communication (NVC)
Nonviolent Action (NVA)
Medical Effects of Nuclear Weapons
Cost/Benefit Analyses of the Use of Violent and Nonviolent Power in Conflict

Courses I Teach:

Theories of Conflict Resolution – Nonviolent Action
Nonviolent Communication

Service Memberships

Catholic Nonviolence Initiative
Physicians for Social Responsibility, Committee to Abolish Nuclear Weapons
World Beyond War, Board of Directors


Dr. Reuwer has been studying, teaching, and practicing alternatives to violence for almost 40 years. He has lectured at Radford University, Virginia Tech, Champlain College, and the US Army’s War College in Carlisle, PA, as well as lead communication and conflict workshops in numerous churches and public venues. He was the 2018 Elizabethtown College Peace Fellow.

As an emergency physician for 28 years treating patients for injuries they inflicted on one another and themselves, he developed a keen desire to understand why violence is so prevalent and what might be done to mitigate it. His journey lead him to focus on the work of M.L. King, Jr., M. Gandhi, and Gene Sharp on engaging potentially violent enemies, and the work of Marshall Rosenberg on language as a major determinate of how intrapersonal and interpersonal conflict is managed.

His experience includes actively challenging violence in conflict zones while deployed with Christian Peacemaker Teams in Colombia, Haiti, Palestine, and Washington, DC. In  2015-16 he completed a 14 month sabbatical in Harrisburg, PA partnering with residents to challenge the culture of street violence in the inner city, employing a model called Cure Violence, whose mission is to implement a public health intervention to complement standard law enforcement. In 2019 he deployed for four months in South Sudan with the Nonviolent Peaceforce, whose mission is to model and provide professional training for civilians to provide protection to other civilians in areas of violent conflict.