David Boersema is the director of the Peace and Spirituality Center at Pacific University. He is a Distinguished University Professor of philosophy and also the Douglas C. Strain Chair of Natural Philosophy. He served as chair of the Peace and Conflict Studies program from 1996 to 2004.
He has taught courses including Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies, Philosophical and Theological Bases of Peace, Human Rights and The Middle East. He also has published books and articles in the field, including his book Philosophy of Human Rights: Theory and Practice (Westview Press 2011) and Spiritual and Political Dimensions of Nonviolence and Peace, co-edited with Katy Gray Brown (Rodopi Publishers 2006).
In the mid-1990s, Boersema said he developed a secondary interest, personally and professionally, in the Middle East. He made several trips to the region and began teaching a course on contemporary Middle East issues. The interest grew into a heightened connection between philosophy and concerns about peace. Since 2007, he has been the executive director of Concerned Philosophers for Peace, a national organization of academic philosophers.
As director at the inception of the Peace Center, Boersema said he looks forward to the idea of building a Center that intersects with his professional interests, brings experts to Pacific's campuses and helps Pacific people go out into the world more equipped to work for peace.