The Center for Peacemaking has identified the following list of research areas as the priorities for advancing peace building at Marquette.
1.) The process of healing and reconciliation after the use of violence (random, terror, sexual, premeditated, military).
2.) The reasons for the success or failure of peace agreements and accords in building nonviolent peaceful communities.
3.) Reasons for the success or failure of nonviolent social movements.
4.) Best practices for teaching about peace and conflict resolution.
5.) The role of religion and ethnic sources as a motivator for the expansion or the incitement to violence.
6.) The role of economic, governmental, and international organizations (UN, EU, WHO, etc.) policy in promoting peace.
7.) The use (positive or negative) of communications, technology, and social media to influence perceptions of peacemaking, of the identities of the "other," or of violence.
8.) The effect of language and advertising in cultural values and ethics towards gender or ethnic perceptions.
9.) The efficacy of peacemaking and conflict resolution in schools, the workplace, the government, or international conflicts.
10.) Role of literature and entertainment influencing society's attitudes towards social welfare, justice, and violence.
11.) Research related to the reduction of violence against women, including evaluations of efforts by health care and social service providers to reduce familial and societal violence in at-risk populations.
12.) Research related to the neurobiological science of peacemaking and forgiveness.