Marco Turk is Professor Emeritus of Negotiation, Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding at California State University Dominguez Hills, having served as the full-time director of the program from 2002-2010, and intermittently thereafter 2010-2015. He has been an adjunct professor of law at the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University Caruso School of Law, since 2016. Prior to that, he served as adjunct faculty in the Criminology, Law & Society Department at the University of California-Irvine, Loyola Law School, and Southwestern University School of Law.
For many years, he served as a regularly assigned mediator for the California 2nd District Court of Appeal from and after 2004, and has established a long- respected history in California Alternative Dispute Resolution.
Having been a US Fulbright Senior Scholar in Conflict Resolution on the Eastern Mediterranean Island of Cyprus (1997-1999), Professor Turk has made several funded return trips to continue his peacebuilding work there, which continues even today.
In addition, he has conducted programs for Cypriots in the USA, Norway, and Israel through the U.S. State Department, and the Fred J. Hansen Institute for World Peace at San Diego State University. In October 2003, he participated as one of only two Americans invited to attend the Oxford University (England) international workshop on Getting to Yes, regarding efforts to reunify Cyprus. He is a recognized scholar and practitioner concerning the extremely complicated ethnic and identity-based international conflict commonly referred to as the Cyprus Problem.
Having been admitted to the California State Bar in 1961, he left the practice of law in 1995 to enter academia full-time and has not looked back since. While Professor Turk has written extensively in the field, his upcoming book soon to be published by Palgrave Macmillan, Bridging the Cyprus Divide: Reflections of an Accidental Peacebuilder, covers his over twenty-five years involvement with the Eastern Mediterranean Island of Cyprus (and its Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities) in conflict.