Lynne M. Woehrle

Lynne M. Woehrle, Ph.D.Dr. Lynne Woehrle
Professor of Sociology
Coordinator of Peacebuilding Certificate
Advisor, International Club & Alpha Kappa Delta Honor Society

Phone: (414) 930-3521
Office: Fidelis Hall, 316


  • Ph.D. Social Science, May 1995, Syracuse University
  • Certificate in Women's Studies, May 1993, Syracuse University
  • M.A. Sociology, May 1992, Syracuse University
  • M.A. Peace Studies, August 1988, University Of Notre Dame
  • B.A. Magna Cum Laude, May 1987, Colgate University
    • Concentration in Peace Studies, minor in African Studies

"I am deeply interested in how people participate in creating and changing the society we live in, that is what led me to study and teach sociology.  
--What I find intriguing is we do not all have the same vision or goals for society. Yet out of our diverse experiences and values come a vibrant social structure.--
My experience in teaching and research has helped me better understand the dynamics of social movements, social power, and social change. I believe that one of the best outcomes of a college education is that a person becomes more skilled and confident as a leader in making the world a more justice-filled and collaborative place.
Besides teaching about sociology and constructive conflict transformation, I enjoy being a part of the life of the college and volunteering with several organizations in the Milwaukee metro region.  I love discussing current world and national events and spend much of my free time reading newspapers and listing to National Public Radio. I enjoy listening to all kinds of music and believe it gives us important insights into cultures past and present."

Awards and Honors:

  • Leadership council for War, Peace, and Conflict in the American Sociological Association, August 2012-2015
  • United States Institute for Peace, Public Education for Peacebuilding Grant, 2013.
  • Co-authored article, “Discursive Legacies: The U.S. Peace Movement and ‘Support the Troops,’” was named Outstanding Published Article of 2008 by the American Sociological Association’s section on Peace, War and Social Conflict
  • Selected to participate in Milwaukee’s Mosaic Project, 2008-2009
  • Alpha Kappa Delta, Sociology Honor Society, Inducted April 2007
  • C.G. Schmidt Ovation Award for Volunteerism, April 2006
  • Who's Who Among America's Teachers, 2005

Courses taught:

Introductory Sociology
Social Problems
Families in Transition
Global Conflicts and Social Transformation
Social Theory
Introduction to Conflict Transformation
Research Methods
Meditation Skills
Environmentally Sustainable Communities

Associations and Memberships:

  • American Sociological Association
  • Peace and Justice Studies Association
  • Wisconsin Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies
  • Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
  • Greater Milwaukee Human Rights Network
  • Common Ground Wisconsin
  • MICAH (Metropolitan Interfaith Council on Affordable Housing)


Sherman Park - Teaching and Discussion resources

Lynne M. Woehrle (ed.). 2014. "Intersectionality and Social Change." Volume 37 in the annual series Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change. Bingley, UK:Emerald Group Publishing.

"Contesting Patriotism: Culture, Power and Strategy in the Peace Movement." New York: Rowman and Littlefield. 2008 (2009). Read a review.

"Teaching the Sociology of Peace, War, and Military Institutions." Washington, D.C.: American Sociological Association. 2007.

"Social Conflicts and Collective Identities." Edited. Boulder, CO: Rowman and Littlefield. 2000.
Book Chapter

Woehrle, Lynne M.  (forthcoming April 2015) “Are Women the peacemakers?  Are men the warmakers?: Exploring the intersection of gender and militarization in Women, War, and Violence: Topography, Resistance, and Hope." Edited by Mariam Kurtz and Lester Kurtz, Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger.

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles:

  • “Green Jobs, Peacebuilding, and Paths to Community Empowerment," Journal for the Study of Peace and Conflict. Annual edition: pp. 73-81. 2009.
  • “Ideological Consistency and Contextual Adaptation: U.S. Peace Movement Emotional Work Before And After 9/11," American Behavioral Scientist, 52, 4. 2009.
  • "Pursuing Political Persuasion: War and Peace Frames in the United States after September 11th," Social Movement Studies," 8:4,299 — 322. 2009
  • "A Typology of Oppositional Knowledge: Democracy and the U.S. Peace Movement," Sociological Research Online. Volume 13, Issue 4. 2008.

Encyclopedia Articles:

“Patriarchy and War” in International Encyclopedia of Peace. Edited by Nigel Young. Oxford University Press. 2010.

"Gender Studies" in Encyclopedia of Violence, Peace, and Conflict. Edited by Lester Kurtz and Jennifer Turpin. CA: Academic Press. 1999 (2007).

"Conflict in Groups" in Encyclopedia of Sociology, 2nd Edition. Edited by Edgar Borgatta. New York: Macmillan Reference. 2000.


  • "Civil Society Challenges in Applied Peacebuilding: Intersectionality Praxis," presented to the American Sociological Association, August 2012