Cris Toffolo is Professor and Chair of the Justice Studies Department at Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, Treasurer and Co-Founder of the Truth Telling Project. Trained as a political theorist, she currently teaching courses on theories of justice, and human rights. Her publications include The Arab League, Chelsea House, 2007, and Emancipating Cultural Pluralism, ed., SUNY Press, 2003. During her career she studied, taught and worked in various developing and post conflict countries throughout the Global South, an opportunity which began with being selected as Alma College’s 1981 African Fellow, to teach at Mayflower School in Nigeria.
In the 1990s she received a grant from the National Endowment to work on ethnicity issues at the University of Wisconsin (Madison). While on sabbatical in South Africa in 2006 she was a senior researcher for a human rights NGO for which she conducted research on anti-racism training programs. Cris has just completed three terms as co-chair of the board of the Peace and Justice Studies Association (PJSA) and was just elected to the International governing council of the International Peace Research Association (IPRA). She is a founding board member of Educating for Global Peace (EGP), an international initiative which seeks to mainstream peace education around the world; and The Truth Telling Project for Ferguson and Beyond (TTP) which runs truth commissions to expose the causes, and the devastate impacts, of avoidable police- involved killings of African Americans.
Cris has served Amnesty International for over 30 years in various capacities, including as a Pakistan Country Specialist, an advisor to student groups, on the priority-setting committee of the AI-USA board, and as a trainer of trainers. Currently she is working with a restorative justice program in the Chicago’s Juvenile Temporary Detention Center, and is editing a volume on international peace education. As a member of NEIU’s African Genocide Research Group she currently is researching educational initiatives in post-genocide Rwanda, She holds a Ph.D. and MA from Notre Dame in political theory and comparative politics; an MA in public policy from George Washington Univ.; and a BS with honors from Alma College.