Deborah Dunn, Ph.D.

Professor of Communication Studies
(805) 565-6780

Office Location

Deane Hall 101

Office Available

By appointment.


Organizational Communication, Dialogue, and Conflict & Reconciliation

Research Interests

Grassroots peacemaking organizations and facilitating dialogue in the public square


Dr. Dunn earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in communication arts and sciences from the University of Southern California. Her BA is in speech and communication with an emphasis on social movements from San Francisco State.  She came to Westmont in the Fall of 1997, has been awarded Teacher of the Year twice, in 2008 and again in 2022, and has led eight summer study abroad programs on conflict, memory, and pilgrimage to Northern Ireland, South Africa, Germany, Israel/Palestine, and the Camino de Santiago in Spain. Her research and teaching focuses on grassroots peacemaking organizations, dialogue, and transforming conflict. She also co-directs the Westmont Initiative for Public Dialogue and Deliberation.