Laurie Mulvey

Laurie Mulvey

Assistant Teaching Professor of Sociology

Executive Director, World In Conversation

110 Pond
University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 865-2527


  1. Rutgers School of Social Work, MSW, 1989
  2. Penn State Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Ph.D. 1994


Dr. Laurie Mulvey is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of the World in Conversation Center for Public Diplomacy at Penn State University. Under her leadership, World in Conversation has built the largest cross-cultural dialogue program in the United States, hosting more than 3,000 peer-facilitated dialogues per academic year. The Center works with the United National Development Programme, UNESCO, and NATO, along with organizations and universities in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, Palestinian Territories, Israel, Kuwait, Qatar, China, Haiti, Saudi Arabia, and twelve nations in the NATO Alliance to host virtual cross-cultural dialogues between people separated by vast distances and borders. Dr. Mulvey’s work revolves around post-conflict transformation through peer-facilitated dialogue, most recently in Colombia where she is helping to launch a facilitator-training program to support the peace process there. Through her ongoing research and development of a methodology for cross-cultural dialogues, Dr. Mulvey is making it possible for students all around the globe to disrupt legacies of conflict through the humanizing element of empathy. Dr. Mulvey is the author of Making Peace Between Our Colors: The Inner Work and is currently writing a book about inequality and facilitated dialogue. Dr. Mulvey along with her colleague (and husband), Dr. Sam Richards, have been called “the parents of radical empathy.” Their work at Penn State was featured in an Emmy award-winning film entitled, “You Can’t Say That.”