By Matthew Johnson

The cold winter (for those of us in areas that received snow and ice) coupled with the pandemic has given me no excuse not to catch up on reading. I hope PJSA members have taken the time to explore their subscriptions. 

This year marks the 7th year of publication for the Journal of Resistance Studies (JRS). Its editors would like me to promote its most recent call for papers. Potential authors should “describe, analyze, and build theories of resistance in new areas” while challenging conventions. The energy of resistance studies is focused now on what James C. Scott called “everyday resistance.” One way to think about it is an emphasis on smaller acts of resistance as opposed to sweeping revolutionary currents or upheavals. Of course, these conceptions are not mutually exclusive. I am certain there are countless acts of resistance that are going undocumented. 

The JRS takes journal articles, book reviews, and debate contributions. (Full disclosure: I have had a couple book reviews published in the past.) If you would like to submit, please visit  

By the time this letter is published, the 5th issue of the Journal of Transdisciplinary Peace Praxis (JTPP) will be out. It is a co-edited issue on justice and healing that includes content directly from conversations at last year’s PJSA conference. 

All PJSA members will receive access to this issue and the next one (to be released in August) online. PJSA members can subscribe for hard copies at the discounted rate of $35 (individual) and $50 (institutional) for the year. If you are affiliated with an institution, the JTPP’s editors would appreciate your support in ordering hard copies for libraries. 

I have not yet read the 5th issue, but the 4th issue has a lot of great content—including an essay on forgiveness from our own Wim Laven. If you would like to contribute to the August issue, which will focus on the role of the public intellectual, please visit

As always, please feel free to send me any feedback on the journals or questions on how to access, promote, or contribute to them. 


Matthew Johnson holds an MA in Peace and Conflict Studies from Hacettepe University (Turkey) and a BA in Journalism from the University of Maryland, where he began his activism organizing against war, poverty, racism, mass incarceration, and gender-based violence. During the Occupy Movement, he linked his activism to conflict resolution and restorative justice, introducing those practices to the Occupy encampments in D.C. He has published several articles and contributed to many books related to gender, racial, social, and restorative justice and is co-author/editor (with Dr. Laura Finley) of the 2018 book Trumpism: The Politics of Gender in a Post-Propitious America. He is also a contributor to PeaceVoice and The Good Men Project. He has served as an educator in a variety of contexts, most recently in the virtual space as a cross-cultural dialogue facilitator and trainer for Soliya. He currently works as a User Experience Researcher.