Professor of Law, Peter A. Allard School of Law, The University of British Columbia
Professor Michelle LeBaron is an internationally recognized interdisciplinary scholar on conflict transformation, arts, and resilience. Her current research is on two main areas: conflict across religious and worldview differences, and the role of arts in collective memory and commemoration processes and reconciliation. As a recipient of a Wallenberg Fellowship at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies (2015–18), Michelle collaborated with internationally-renowned visual artist Dr. Kim Berman of the University of Johannesburg and other artists and scholars to explore the role of arts and artists in South African transitional justice. Professor LeBaron’s books include Changing Our Worlds: Art as Transformative Practice (2018); The Choreography of Resolution: Conflict, Movement and Neuroscience (2013), Conflict Across Cultures (2006); and Bridging Cultural Conflict (2003). Michelle’s work spans disciplines and communities. Her Dancing at the Crossroads research/practice initiative was a partnership with internationally-renowned dancer Margie Gillis to explore dance and movement as resources for addressing conflict across social divides. Enacting Resilience, a project of Public Safety Canada, engaged members of the Vancouver and Surrey Punjabi communities to examine arts as ways to foster community wellbeing and inoculate against extremism.
LL.B., University of British Columbia
M.A., Simon Fraser University
B.A., Chapman University
Cross-Cultural Dispute Resolution