Department: Negotiation, Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding
Areas of Expertise
Conflict Resolution, Crime, Criminal Justice, Cross Cultural Collaboration, Peace Building, Cultural & Linguistic Diversity, Literacy Learning, Distance Learning, Diversity, Education, Cooperative Learning, Education, Multicultural Competencies, Gangs, Interdisciplinary Studies, Labor Relations, Legal Writing, Multiculturalism, Multicultural Issues, Negotiation, Conflict Management & Peacebuilding, Special Education, Women’s Issues.
Professor Erbe is the author of Approaches to Managing Organizational Diversity and Innovation (IGI Global, 2014), Negotiation Alchemy: Global Skills Inspiring and Transforming Diverging Worlds (Berkeley: Public Policy Press, 2011), Holding These Truths: Empowerment and Recognition in Action (An Interactive Case Study Curriculum for Multicultural Conflict Resolution) (Berkeley: Public Policy Press, 2003), co-edited Collective Efficacy: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on International Leadership(United Kingdom: Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2013), authored numerous journal articles including for Harvard Negotiation Law Review, and also has written and published national violence prevention curriculum for middle schools and written about sexual harassment in schools.
Professor Erbe is a mediator, Paul Harris Fellow, Fulbright Senior Specialist in Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution and 2014 Fulbright Distinguished Chair in American Studies, PUC-Rio. She has studied India’s use of ombuds to confront government corruption. Her scholarship on human trafficking has been translated into several languages by the United Nations.
Restorative justice is an additional area of expertise — for a brief time, she prosecuted domestic abuse cases and currently serves as a victim offender mediator. As a lifelong activist, Professor Erbe advocates and teaches non-violent protest and resistance, such as pioneered by Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr.
Professor Erbe performed community and health education in poor neighborhoods before going to law school where she directed the legal aid clinic and was editor for the Journal of Law and Inequality (focused on child and juvenile welfare). After clerking for the Honorable Daniel Kammeyer, she litigated with Fredrickson & Byron where her primary clients were public schools (weapons, disciplinary, special education concerns, hearings and mediations). Other clients included the Mayo Clinic and North Memorial Hospital. Erbe was then asked to work in juvenile treatment where she designed a mediation program that reduced violent behavior of repeat violent offenders by more than fifty percent in less than six months. This work grew into a full time mediation, training and consulting practice. During that time, she was asked to teach her first mediation class at the University of Denver.
Erbe became a full time academic at the University of California, Berkeley where she was the founding director of the Rotary Center for International Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution. She has taught at the University of Oslo International Summer School, with students that included Israelis and Palestinians, and facilitated cross ethnic dialogue with the Nansen Network during the Balkans war.
B.A. Non Profit Administration, Metropolitan University
J.D. Cum Laude, University of Minnesota
L.L.M. International Conflict Resolution, Pepperdine School of Law/Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution
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