Executive Director: Michael Loadenthal

Dr. Michael Loadenthal is 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 Miami University of Oxford, 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.


Student Research Assistant Team

In conjunction with the Executive Director, a team of students 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.

Interested faculty members, and those seeking more information on how you can plug in, please contact us.

Emma Lovejoy is a 2020 graduate of Miami University, with their B.A. in Social Justice Studies.  Since graduating, they have worked on State- and Local-level political campaigns, and are currently coordinating with community partners to ensure access to housing and addiction care resources during the COVID-19 pandemic. Emma has worked as Editorial Assistant on The Peace Chronicle since Spring 2019, and has previously served as a volunteer advocate for Women Helping Women of SW Ohio. [Team Member: Spring 2019 – present]

Dan Martin is a second year master’s degree student studying international public policy at Fudan University’s School of International Relations and Public Affairs in Shanghai. He completed his bachelor’s degree at the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2015, where he studied strategic communication in the School of Journalism & Mass Communication. He is mainly interested in ethnic conflict in Southeast Asia with a focus on Myanmar in addition to the international relations of the region. When Dan finishes his degree in the summer of 2021, he hopes to return to Southeast Asia and get involved with development work. In his free time, Dan is working towards honing his Chinese language skills. [Team member: Fall 2020]


Jacob Ostacher is a Junior at American University, in the School of International Service. He is pursuing a B.A. in International Studies in the Peace, Global Security, and Conflict Resolution program. His main interest is in the use of local-level, bottom-up strategies to conflict resolution and how these tactics can be incorporated by international organizations and NGOs engaged in peacebuilding. In his free time, Jacob enjoys reading and cooking for friends.

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]


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]


Former Student Research Team Members