Executive Director: Michael Loadenthal
Dr. Michael Loadenthal is a Visiting Professor of Sociology and Social Justice at Miami University of Oxford, Ohio, and the Executive Director of the Peace and Justice Studies Association. He completed his PhD in 2015 at George Mason University, and previously completed an MLitt at the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence at the University of St Andrews in 2010. Dr. Loadenthal has taught courses on political violence, terrorism and sociology at Georgetown University, George Mason University, the University of Cincinnati, the University of Malta, and Jessup Correctional Institution. Michael has served as the Dean's Fellow for the George Mason’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, a Practitioner-In-Residence for Georgetown's Center for Social Justice, and a Research Fellow at Hebrew Union College's Center for the Study of Ethics and Contemporary Moral Problems. His work has been published in a variety of venues including Critical Studies on Terrorism, Journal for the Study of Radicalism, Perspectives on Terrorism, Journal of Applied Security Research, Journal of Feminist Scholarship, Journal of Radical Criminology, Anarchist Developments in Cultural Studies and other social movement and political theory journals and books.
Conference Coordinator: Sherrie Alexander
Sherrie Alexander is a master’s student in anthropology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Inspired by many years as a wildlife rehabilitator, her research interests include human-animal interactions and peace and conflict studies. She has conducted ethnographic fieldwork in the Southeastern United States on Muslim foodways and studied human-macaque relationships in northern Morocco. Her thesis explores how peace and conflict studies may be a useful tool in solving human-wildlife conflicts, which are often rooted in underlying human-human conflicts.
Student Research Assistant Team
In conjunction with the Executive Director, a team of Miami University students within the Social Justice Studies program are providing research support to help grow and develop PJSA's many resources. Currently these students are engaged in a variety of projects including building a bi-national departmental directory of peace and justice studies programs, the development of a syllabi repository, supporting PJSA's annual conference, and the development of outreach and publication materials. In the future, PJSA hopes to constitute additional student research teams at other universities.
Interested faculty members, and those seeking more information on how you can plug in, please contact us.
Emma Belanger is a senior at Miami University majoring in Software Engineering with a minor in Humanitarian Engineering & Computing. She is involved in Kode2Learn, where she teaches local elementary school students how to code and a member of Alpha Phi Omega, a national service fraternity. Emma is passionate about human-computer interaction and hopes to pursue a career as a software developer after graduation.
Emma is currently working on updating information and layouts on the PJSA website, and helping to omplement the new content collection and managment system for the Peace Chronicle. [Team member: Spring 2017]
Tori Cheffer is a sophmore at Miami University majoring in Business Economics. She is from Belleville, Illinois which is just outside of St. Louis, Missouri. Tori is an active member of Women in Economics, CRU, and Nourish, an organization whose mission is to make a lasting impact on extreme poverty through social entrepreneurial endeavors. Tori is very passionate about experiencing different cultures, and plans to intern abroad this summer. After graduating from Miami University, she plans to attend law school, and work as a non-profit lawyer.
Tori works on multiple projects for PJSA. Currently, she is working on the website and departmental directory design team with Kate. Tori also works as a liaison between the different schools involved and PJSA [Team member: Fall 2016 - Spring 2017]
Ryan Jago is a sophmore at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio majoring in Psychology. She is from Cincinnati, Ohio. Ryan has joined 4 Paws for Ability, Secular Students of Miami, and Society for Psychological Inquiry as well as being a member of Sigma Alpha Pi: The National Society of Leadership and Success. Ryan’s career path includes going to get her Ph.D. and then becoming a clinical family and marriage psychologist.
Ryan is working on creating a taxonomy in function alongside the Departmental Directory, and also works to catorgorize partner universities by membership status and creating a labeling system. [Team member: Fall 2016 - Spring 2017]
Glynis Lonnemann is a sophmore at Miami University double majoring in Women’s Gender & Sexuality Studies and Social Justice Studies. Glynis is from a small town outside of Cincinnati, Ohio. She is a part of Southwest Ohio for Planned Parenthood. While unsure where the path will take her after she graduates in 2020, Glynis plans to continue pursuing higher education and becoming more involved in activism.
As a member of MU-PJSA Glynis serves as partner to Education for Global Peace. Glynis is helping EGP develop a database of K-12 peace education. [Team member: Spring 2017]
Brendan Newman is a sophmore at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He is majoring in Public Health with a focus on infectious diseases and epidemiology with double minors in Bioinformatics and Business Management and Administration. He lives in West Bloomfield, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. Brendan is involved in Model United Nations and works at the Miami Recreation Center. After graduating in 2020, Brendan plans to pursue a PhD in Epidemiology and work at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention or the Department of Defense.
Brendan is working to redesign the Peace Chronicle and will be to co-editing the new edition. [Team member: Spring 2017]
Kate Wisniewski is a junior at Miami University double majoring in Political Science and Crime, Law, and Social Justice with a minor in Spanish. Her hometown is Strongsville, Ohio. Kate is involved in Kappa Delta, 4 Paws for Ability, and works at the bookstore on campus. Kate has studied abroad in Fiji and has traveled to the Dominican Republic for a mission trip. Kate would like to work for the FBI or Homeland Security after graduating from Miami University in May 2019.
Kate works on multiple projects for PJSA. Currently, she is working on the website and departmental directory design team with Tori. Also, Kate works as a liaison between the different schools involved and PJSA. [Team member: Fall 2016 - Spring 2017]
Former Student Research Team Members
Madeline Vanderink is a Junior at Miami University majoring in Finance, and minoring in Political Science. As a Political Science minor, she has learned a great deal about some of the conflicts and challenges to peace. Her hometown is Granville, a suburb of Columbus. In addition to PJSA, Madeline is involved in Miami’s chapter of Women in Business as well as her sorority. She loves to travel and will be spending the spring semester studying abroad in Barcelona, Spain. Her career goal is to pursue a job in the financial services industry. [Team member: Fall 2016]