Katie is currently a lecturer in the Leadership Department of the School of Leadership and Education Sciences at the University of San Diego. Katie Zanoni holds an Ed.D. in International and Multicultural Education from the University of San Francisco (2018). Zanoni explores transformative approaches to peacebuilding, human rights, and social justice in education. She has 20 years of experience in program design and management in the education and nonprofit sector working with organizations including the International Rescue Committee and the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice. As an instructional designer, Zanoni developed curriculum as a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand, a Stanford Human Rights Education Initiative fellow, and as the co-founder of Education for Transformation for programs in Kenya and Myanmar. After Zanoni obtained her Master’s degree in Peace and Justice Studies at the University of San Diego (2006), she co-founded and lectured in the first Peace Studies Associate Degree program at San Diego City College and developed courses on conflict resolution and sustainability for the college. Her research interests include critical peace education, gender transformative human rights education, women leaders in peacebuilding, environmental justice, and conflict transformation through educational policy. As a mother-scholar, Zanoni maintains a critical lens to examine issues of power, gender, race and culture within her communities of practice to build trust and reciprocity.

Katie's Projects

Education for Transformation

Our mission is to design, implement, monitor and evaluate peace education programs that build the capacity of learners, educators and institutions in formal and non-formal settings. Through a critical and transformative educational approach we seek to raise consciousness, shape worldview, and contribute to shifting cultural paradigms toward peace.


As an active community member in San Diego, Katie works with her local public school cluster to support the development of social emotional learning into formal educational settings.