Dr. Laura Finley, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminology at Barry University in Miami, Florida. She is also author, co-author or editor of seventeen books and numerous book chapters and journal articles. In addition, Dr. Finley is actively involved in a number of peace, justice and human rights groups. She serves as Board Chair for No More Tears, a non-profit organization that serves victims of domestic violence and human trafficking, and is a board member of The Humanity Project and Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty. Prior to being elected co-chair, Dr. Finley was Publications Chair for PJSA. She also coordinates PJSA’s Speaker’s Bureau.
Amal Khoury is Assistant Professor of International Studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Dr. Khoury specializes in peace and conflict studies, with an area focus on the Middle East. She also has an active research agenda that focuses on peacebuilding and post-conflict reconciliation. Her scholarship includes a co-authored book Unity in Diversity: Interfaith Dialogue in the Middle East, Washington, DC: US Institute of Peace Press, 2007; journal articles, “ Lebanon after the Civil War: Peace or the Illusion of Peace?,” The Middle East Journal. Vol. 65, No. 3, Summer 2011 and “The Case of the 2006 War in Lebanon: Reparation? Reconstruction or Both?”, International Journal of Human Rights, Vol. 17, Issue 1, January 2013; and book chapter “Bridging Elite and Grassroots Initiatives: The Road to Sustainable Peace in Syria,” in Post-Conflict Power-Sharing Agreements: Options for Syria. Palgrave Macmillan. 2018.
Wendy Kroeker teaches at the Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) in the undergrad Peace and Conflict Transformation Studies department and in the MA in Peacebuilding and Collaborative Development program. As well, she is the Co-Director of the Canadian School of Peacebuilding (CSOP). Wendy completed her MA Theology at the Mennonite Brethren Seminary in California. After significant years of practice within the conflict transformation field, she has entered the Peace Studies Ph.D. program at the Arthur Mauro Centre at the University of Manitoba where she is a Ph.D. Candidate and close to completing her dissertation on the “Role of Local Peacebuilders: The Philippines as Case Study.” Wendy specializes in community conflict transformation processes as an instructor at CMU and in locations around the globe. She has over 15 years of experience as a community mediator, conflict transformation trainer, peace program consultant, program manager for international development projects and university instructor. The Philippines, Indonesia, Myanmar, Laos, Ukraine, India, Bangladesh, and Palestine are some of the locations in which she has worked over the past two decades with indigenous groups, NGO staff, community and religious leaders, and various educators.
Michael Loadenthal, Ph.D. 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.
Steven Schroeder is Teaching Chair in the Peace and Conflict Studies program at the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) in Abbotsford, British Columbia. Schroeder completed his Ph.D. in modern European history at the University of Notre Dame. His research focuses on the root causes of oppression and conflict, and the attempts to establish durable peace in the aftermath of violence and war. Schroeder is currently teaching in the History and Peace and Conflict Studies programs at UFV, and he coordinates the community engagement component of the peace program, in which Peace and Conflict Studies students apply peacebuilding skills in conflict transformation and reconciliatory work in the community.