Dr. Michael Loadenthal 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.
In conjunction with the Executive Director, a team of Miami University students within the Social Justice Studies program are providing research support to help grow and develop PJSA’s many resources. Currently these students are engaged in a variety of projects including building a bi-national departmental directory of peace and justice studies programs, the development of a syllabi repository, supporting PJSA’s annual conference, and the development of outreach and publication materials. In the future, PJSA hopes to constitute additional student research teams at other universities.
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Maddie Gordon is a senior at Miami University double majoring in Social Justice Studies and Political Science on the Pre Law Track. Maddie’s hometown is Kent, Ohio. Maddie is involved in Miami’s College Democrats, Alpha Phi Omega, and Tri Delta. Maddie spent the spring and summer of 2019 in DC through Miami’s Inside Washington program, where she interned for the Capital Area Food Bank and Congressman Tim Ryan. When Maddie graduates in 2021, she plans to attend law school and work for a legal nonprofit like the ACLU. Maddie is currently a part of the team working on the syllabi repository for peace and justice studies courses. [Team member: Fall 2017 – present]
Meekael Hailu is a senior at Miami University. He is majoring in Social Justice Studies, with a co-major in Sustainability and a minor in Geography. In his free time around campus, he helps develop the non-profit he co-founded, Project Global Story, which he started with his roommate and a friend. In addition to PGS, Meekael is an Associate Justice on Miami’s Community Standards Board and was a competitor and team captain on Miami’s Mock Trial team up until the end of this past semester. Off-campus, Meekael is a research intern for the Peace and Justice Studies Association, as well as an intern at the Katz Teller law firm in downtown Cincinnati. [Team member: Fall 2017 – present]
Justeen Jackson is a Sophomore pursuing a degree in Social Justice Studies and Professional Writing with a focus on Publication and Editing. Justeen has been with tPP since Fall 2019, and has focused her work on the Peace Chronicle. Justeen hopes to learn how to expand social justice education, and make it more accessible. Justeen is also a part of Miami’s Green Club, The Black Law Students Association, the Ohio Innocence Project, and Summer Work Experience in Law. [Team member: Fall 2019 – present]
Allison Mallendick is a junior pursuing a degree in Sociology with a focus on modern activism. Allison has been with PJSA since the fall of 2019 and has focused her work on membership resource projects, such as expanding the resources offered to the members of PJSA. Allison hopes to obtain new skills that are pertinent to activism and excelling in the world of nonprofit business. [Team member: Fall 2019 – present]
Caitlin Marsengill is a Senior pursuing degrees in Social Justice Studies and Public Health, with a focus on epidemiology and a minor in Spanish. Caitlin has been with PJSA since fall of 2017 and has done graphic design work for various projects including designing the 2017 conference logo and flyers for conferences. They also have done work on the Syllabi Repository. They are interested in pursuing a career in social epidemiology, particularly focused on researching health disparities and women’s and LGBTQ+ Health. In their free time Caitlin is also a part of Paws for a Cause, an organization that trains service dogs with 4 Paws for Ability for service dogs and veterans and plays on an intramural broomball team. [Team member: Fall 2017 – present]
Dion Mensah is a Senior pursuing a degree in Political Science and Social Justice Studies with a minor in Spanish. Their focus surrounds race/ethnic studies, environmental justice, and intersection of the two. Dion has been with PJSA since Fall 2019, and has focused their work expanding resources offered to PJSA members. Dion hopes to learn about compiling resources in an accessible matter, practice project management skills, and gain experience working in professional justice work. Dion is also an intern with Miami University’s Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion and president of Mosaic Magazine. [Team member: Fall 2019 – present]