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Peace Studies

Dr. Christie Billups

Dr. Christie Billups is an Associate Professor of Theology and Director of the Br. Jeffrey Gros, FSC Institute for Dialogue, Justice and Social Action at Lewis University. She has a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) from National Louis University, and a Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies (MAPS) and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. Christie has served in a variety of ministerial settings particularly focused on youth and incarcerated persons, serving in Cook County Jail, Chicago for 16 years.

She has created a course entitled Practicing Faithful Justice and teaches other peace studies-related courses, such as Global Christianity, World Religions, and Lasallian Community and Social Action.

Her areas of interest, inquiry and practice are restorative justice through Peace Circles, prison reform and abolition, pastoral care with and advocacy for marginalized persons, and dismantling racism. She is co-founder of the Peace and Justice Studies program and the Gros Institute at Lewis University.

Peace Studies

Dr. Elizabeth Sartell

Assistant Professor of Theology
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Peace Studies

Dr. Maryellen Collett

Associate Professor of Theology
(815) 836-5707