PJSA hires new Executive Director!

Peace and Justice Studies Association (PJSA) Press Release

Date: June 5, 2016

Re: PJSA hires Michael Loadenthal as new Executive Director

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

The Peace and Justice Studies Association is very pleased to announce that Michael Loadenthal has been hired as the new Executive Director of the PJSA, beginning July 1, 2016. Michael comes to us with organizational experience as well as a background in scholarship and activist leadership. Please see his biography, appended below. We look forward to working with Michael and harnessing his energy, skill and enthusiasm as, together, we grow the PJSAas an effective organization for scholars, activists, teachers and practitioners persuaded by a common vision to advance the cause of peace and justice in our world.

The Peace and Justice Studies Association would also like to publicly thank Randall Amster for his eight years of service as Executive Director to our organization. His effective leadership, his vigour, his skill and his dedication brought new organizational strength and stability to the PJSA. Our sincere thanks to Randall! Randall’s term asED will end on July 31, 2016. Furthermore, a public event expressing our appreciation for Randall’s service as thePJSA ED will be held at the annual PJSA Conference (September 22-24, 2016) at Selkirk College in Nelson and Castlegar, British Columbia, Canada (details, including precise timing during the conference, are still pending). All are invited. (See: www.peacejusticestudies.org)

Edmund Pries and Cris Toffolo, Co-Chairs, PJSA Board

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Michael Loadenthal Biography:

Michael Loadenthal is a Visiting Professor of Sociology and Social Justice at Miami University of Oxford, Ohio. He has previously taught courses on political violence 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 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. Michael holds a Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University, and a master’s degree in Terrorism Studies from the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence at the University of St. Andrews. Michael also holds a dual BA in International Peace & Conflict Resolution, and Women & Gender Studies from American University.

Michael’s research focuses on social movements, terrorism, and discourse and has involved ethnographic research with North American abortion providers, Jamaican Rastafarians, indigenous Mexican revolutionaries, British eco-terrorists, and Palestinian guerrillas. Michael’s has published several dozen journal articles and book chapters in a variety of venues including Critical Studies on Terrorism, Perspectives on Terrorism, Journal for the Study of Radicalism, Journal of Applied Security Research, Anarchist Developments in Cultural Studies, Journal of Critical Animal Studies, Radical Criminology, Glocalism, Journal of Feminist Scholarship, Theory in Action, and the Journal of Terrorism Research. In addition, he serves in editorial and directorship roles for several projects including Contention: The Multidisciplinary Journal of Social Protest, Interface: A Journal for and About Social Movements, and the Journal of Terrorism Research.

Beyond the classroom, Michael is actively involved in a variety of social movements, focused around resisting state repression, building cultures of solidarity, and helping to understand terrorism beyond security. He has helped to organize protest campaigns in six countries, on three continents, and has traveled extensively in South America, Europe, and the Middle East. Prior to deciding to pursue post-secondary education and entering into the academic writing game, Michael wrote articles, essays, news, propaganda, calls to action, and bits of theory for movement publications under a variety of pseudonyms.

Currently, he splits his time between raising three vegan kiddies, teaching, writing constantly, and conspiring for a better world.