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USD's Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies announces new dean

Dr. Patricia Márquez will become dean of University of San Diego's Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies for the period beginning Aug. 1, 2014 through July 31, 2017. Marquez is the school's third dean since its inception in 2001.

“The Kroc School has a most powerful vision laid out by Mrs. Kroc: '…to build a unique school for scholars and practitioners to advance the work of peace and justice.' My goal is to lead the school to fulfill that vision,” Márquez said.

Márquez earned her Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of California at Berkeley. Her field-based research in Latin America explores how market mechanisms and entrepreneurship can generate greater inclusion and justice among people living in poverty around the world.

She is recognized as an innovator expanding the boundaries of multidisciplinary thinking and action through field-based courses in various parts of the world such as Brazil, Uganda and Ghana. As the former dean of one of the premier business schools in Latin America, Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración, Márquez brings managerial and leadership experience to her new post.

“Patricia’s dedication to her students, to responsible entrepreneurship, and to the Changemaker Hub has been tireless and invaluable. Her immense skills and knowledge will only benefit the Kroc School for Peace Studies. I look forward to working with her and the KSPS,” said USD President Mary E. Lyons.

After being a Cisneros Visiting Scholar at Harvard’s David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies and the Harvard Business School from 2005-2006, Márquez joined the management department in USD’s School of Business Administration where she is a tenured associate professor. She has taught courses at the School of Business Administration on entrepreneurship for social change, business and society, and business initiatives with the socio-economic base-of-the-pyramid.

Márquez has served as the director of the Center for Peace and Commerce, a joint initiative between the School of Business Administration and the Kroc School of Peace Studies. Under her leadership, in 2011 the CPC launched the Social Innovation Challenge, which is now offered to all USD students. In 2012 Márquez became the director of the USD Changemaker Hub, a collaborative model to support and promote creativity, connectivity, and innovation for sustainability and social change.

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