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Robert Ehnow

Robert Ehnow
Robert Ehnow
Quarterly Adjunct Lecturer

Robert is currently the Director for the Office for Life, Peace and Justice at the Catholic Diocese of San Diego. He holds a Ph.D. in Leadership Studies and Non-profit Management from the University of San Diego (2018). Robert’s dissertation research centered on restorative justice theory and practice, prisoner re-entry and reintegration, and formerly incarcerated adults in higher education. He is an adjunct faculty member at San Diego State University’s School of Public Affairs. 

Robert was the president and principal of MARDOC Corporation (2008-2011). Robert is a retired United States Marine Corps Officer with twenty-years of active service (1988-2008). His military experience includes command at the battalion/squadron level, operations management, logistics readiness and management, and human resources management. He has served in a combat zone four times to include two separate combat tours as a commanding officer.

In the community, he is the Chair of the Education Committee for the Prisoner Reentry Roundtable for San Diego County. He is an active participant and volunteer at San Diego State University’s Project Rebound in support of formerly incarcerated university students. Robert is a board member for The Restorative Justice Mediation Program (RJMP). He is a life member of the Nu Lambda Mu International Honor Society with the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council.

Robert is a distinguished graduate of the Naval War College (2002). He also holds an M.P.A. from the University of Oklahoma (1996), and a B.A. in Economics from Villanova University (1987). He is married to his best friend, Colette, and together they have four children: Brendan, Caitlin, Kelly, and Eric. He is an active parishioner at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Coronado.


RJUS 220: Restorative Justice: Principles, History, Pastoral Ministry


Formerly Incarcerated Adults in Higher Education: A Life-History of a Restorative Approach to Prisoner Reintegration (

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