PJSA Book Series: Peace Studies: Edges and Innovations

By Michael Minch and Laura Finley, edited for Cambridge Scholars Press

Series Description

This new and innovative series will combine academic rigor and accessible prose, rendering the books appropriate for scholars, classrooms, practitioners, activists, policymakers, and even more general readership. Books in the series will focus on:

  • reconceptualization and expanding peace education, looking to and drawing from communities who have been marginalized, overlooked, or forgotten;
  • gender, multiculturalism, and diversity;
  • positive peace/justice;
  • innovative peacebuilding strategies and movements;
  • the relationship between peace studies and contemporary issues (e.g., climate change, indigenous peoples’ rights);
  • the relationship among disciplines within peace studies, looking at the overlap;
  • interpenetration, and symbiosis that enriches our work, pushes it forward, and builds peace;
  • issues in criminal justice, focusing on restorative justice

Persons interested in contributing should contact Laura Finley (lfinley@barry.edu) and Michael Minch (MMinch@uvu.edu).

Titles in the Series include:

Connecting Contemporary African-Asian Peacemaking and Nonviolence: From Satagraha to Ujamaa, edited by Vidya Jain and Matt Meyer

Cultural Violence in the Classroom: Peace, conflict and Education in Israel, by Katerina Standish

Marketing Peace: Deconstructing Christian-Muslim Narratives of God, Salvation and Terrorism, by Paromita Gaswami

Peace and Social Justice Education on Campus: Faculty and Student Perspectives, edited by Kelly Concannon and Laura Finley

Peace Studies Between Traditions and Innovations, edited by Randall Amster, Laura Finley, Richard McCutcheon and Edmund Pries

Political Correctness in the Era of Trump: Threat to Freedom or Ideological Scapegoat?, edited by Luigi Esposito and Laura Finley

Reflections on Gender from a Communications Point of View: Genderspectives, edited by Nickesia Gordon and Laura Finley

The Compassionate Rebel Revolution: Ordinary People Changing the World, edited by Burt Berlowe and Rebecca Janke

Trumpism: The Politics of Gender in a Post-Propitious America, edited by Matthew Johnson and Laura Finley

Conflict Analysis and Transformation: An Introduction for Students, Activists, and Communities, by Randy Janzen


Michael Minch, Ph.D., is professor of Peace and Justice Studies Program at Utah Valley University and Director of Summit: The Sustainable Development and Conflict Transformation Global Knowledge and Action Network. He is author of numerous books, book chapters, and scholarly articles and is a regular presenter at local, state, and national conferences. Additionally, Minch helps lead international study trips and is currently working with colleagues to build The Conflict and Peace Research Center in the Balkans. Minch is also the Publications Chair for the Board of Directors of the Peace and Justice Studies Association.

Laura Finley, Ph.D., is Professor of Sociology and Criminology at Barry University. She is the author, co-author or editor of 30 books and is Series Editor (with Robin Cooper) for Information Age Press’s Peace Education series. Finley has also authored numerous book chapters and journal articles and is a syndicated columnist with PeaceVoice. She is actively involved in a number of state, local and national peace, justice, and human rights organizations and currently serves as Co-Chair for the Peace and Justice Studies Association.