Lynne Woerhle

Lynne Woehrle, PhD

  • Associate Professor
  • MSP Director


PhD Social Science, Syracuse University
MA Sociology, Syracuse University
MA International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame
BA Peace Studies, Colgate University

My research focuses on documenting, analyzing and evaluating how people identify, challenge and transform injustice in their communities. By working with specific communities and organizations, my goal is to expand our knowledge of how communities which are equitable and peaceful can be developed. As a social scientist I study ways that communities and organizations can change from practices of structural or direct violence to supporting inclusive, sustainable, and nonviolent social systems. Specifically, I research organizations that address difficult social problems, analyze their change-making behavior and contextualize it in larger social institutions (e.g. race, class, gender) and the intersections of those social structures.

Awards & Honors

Co-authored article, Coy, P.G., Woehrle, L.M., Maney, G.M., 2008 “Discursive legacies: The U.S. peace movement and ‘support the troops,’” named Outstanding Published Article of 2008 by the American Sociological Association’s section on Peace, War and Social Conflict.

Current Research

Impact of Greening on Urban Neighborhoods and Urban Peacebuilding

Health at the Community Level

System interventions in racism and community efforts for racial justice

Intellectual Contributions

Woehrle, L. (2022). Gender studies. In L. R. Kurtz (Ed.), Encyclopedia of violence, peace, and conflict (Vol. 1, pp. 82-91): Elsevier, Academic Press.

Woehrle, L. (2022). Structural violence. In L. R. Kurtz (Ed.), Encyclopedia of violence, peace, and conflict (Vol. 1, pp. 431-438): Elsevier, Academic Press.

Woehrle, L. M. (2019). Redemption, restorative justice and rebuilding communities. In Fonkem Achankeng & Janet Hagen (Ed.), Crime, second chances, and human services: Creating a pathway to ordinary life for the convicted (pp. 179-190). Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Woehrle, L. M., Coy, P.G., Maney, G.M. 2016. “WILPF and the challenges of intersectionality praxis”. Peace & Change, 41(3) 273-301.

Woehrle, L.M., (Ed.). 2014. Intersectionality and social change. Volume 37 in the annual series Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change. Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing.

Woehrle, L. M. 2010. “Environmental/green cultural shifts: dynamics of social change” Sociology Compass, 4(11), 936–946

Woehrle, L.M., Coy, P.G., and Maney, G.M. 2008 [2009]. Contesting patriotism: culture, power and strategy in the peace movement. New York: Rowman and Littlefield.

Coy, P.G., Woehrle, L.M. and Maney, G.M. 2008. “Discursive legacies: The U.S. peace movement and 'support the troops'.” Social Problems, 55(2), 161-189.

Community Engagement

WUWM, Lake Effect, interview about Hartung Park, April and July 2017

WUWM radio interview about Tosa Together and racial justice initiatives, March 2017


Woehrle, L. M. “Community organizing and community change in communities of color: Gentrification, food policy, neighborhood transition,” roundtable at the American Sociological Association meetings, August 2015, Chicago.

Woehrle, L. M. and Linda Gleason. “Gardens and the university classroom” National-International Urban and Small Farms Conference in Milwaukee, WI November 18-20, 2016.

Woehrle, L. M. “University classrooms and Alice’s garden”, Community conference at Body and Soul Healing Arts Center, April 2017 (Invited).

Woehrle, L. M. “Demystifying racial dialogue: Undergraduate assignments that facilitate discussing racial injustice”. Wisconsin Sociological Association, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI, September 20, 2017.

Woehrle, L. M. “Monument removal movements: Insights and questions”, Wisconsin Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies, Edgewood College, April 6, 2018.

Woehrle, L. M. “Community health and urban peacebuilding strategies,” Peace and Justice Studies Association conference presentation, Arcadia University, September 29, 2018. Accepted paper.

Woehrle, L. M. "Ending police violence, dismantling racism, & building justice” Peace and Justice Studies Association, September 30, 2018. Invited roundtable session.