Dr. Michael Loadenthal
Speaking Topics: social movements, political protest, terrorism and political violence, repression and the criminilization of dissent, anarchism, and action-oriented/ethical research practices.
Michael Loadenthal is a Visiting Professor of Sociology and Social Justice Studies at Miami University of Oxford, Ohio, and the Executive Director of the Peace and Justice Studies Association. He holds a Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution (George Mason University), and a master’s degree in Terrorism Studies from the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (University of St. Andrews). Michael has taught courses for Georgetown University, George Mason University, University of Cincinnati, University of Malta’s Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies, and Jessup Correctional Institution, a maximum-security men’s prison and has served as the Dean’s Fellow for 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. Beyond the classroom, Michael has been a social movement organizer, trainer, and strategist for nearly 20 years, helping to plan protest campaigns on four continents and working amongst anarchist, anti-racist, environmental direct action, reproductive health, anti-war, and anti- capitalist movements. He has worked in conflict zones, both in the US and abroad, and helped to develop and operate counter-institutions providing healthcare, legal services, childcare and disaster relief. His latest book, ‘The Politics of Attack’, explores the rise of clandestine anarchist networks. He publishes frequently in and posts all of his work online at https://gmu.academia.edu/MichaelLoadenthal.