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Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations

Joseph V. Montville

Senior Associate and Chair of the Goldziher Initiative

Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations

Mr. Joseph Montville is a retired career State Department Foreign Service officer who defined the concept of “Track Two” nonofficial diplomacy, and who has become an expert on political psychology and the interplay of diplomacy, non-violent conflict resolution and religion. 

Professional Experience

In addition to his position as a Senior Associate of Merrimack College’s Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations, he is director of Toward the Abrahamic Family Reunion, and a Senior Adviser on Interfaith Relations at Washington National Cathedral.  Montville has appointments at American and George Mason Universities, and founded the preventive diplomacy program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. 


Educated at Lehigh, Harvard, and Columbia Universities, Montville is the editor of Conflict and Peacemaking in Multiethnic Societies (Lexington Books, 1990) and editor (with Vamik Volkan and Demetrios Julius) of The Psychodynamics of International Relationships (Lexington Books, 1990 [vol. I], 1991 [vol. II]). In July, 2008, The International Society of Political Psychology awarded Montville its Nevitt Sanford prize “for distinguished professional contribution to political psychology,” at its annual meeting in Paris.