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.



Student Research Assistant Team

[Under the direction of the Executive Director, a team of Miami University students within the Social Justice Studies program are providing research support for the Peace and Justice Studies Association. Currently these students are helping to build a bi-national departmental directory of peace and justice studies programs, and the development of a syllabi repository. We hope to constitute additional student research teams. For more information on how you can plug in, please contact us]



Katelyn Wisniewski is a sophomore at Miami University (Oxford, OH) majoring in Crime, Law, and Social Justice, and double minoring in Spanish and Political Science. Her hometown is Strongsville, a suburb of Cleveland. Katelyn is involved in Kappa Delta, 4 Paws for Ability, and works at the campus bookstore. Katelyn would like to work for the FBI or Homeland Security after graduating from Miami University in 2018.


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Ryan Jago is a freshman at Miami University majoring in Psychology, and is from Cincinnati, Ohio. Ryan is involved with 4 Paws for Ability, Secular Students of Miami, Miami University Ethics Bowl, the 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.


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.



Tori Cheffer is a freshman 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.