Almeida, Deirdre A.
Dr. Almeida holds a doctorate in Education, with a focus on cultural diversity and curriculum reform from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She has a Bachelor’s in History/Education also from University of Massachusetts and a Master’s in Education from Stanford University, in Cultural Pluralism. Dr. Almeida has offered courses and lectures on Indigenous education and Indigenous women’s issues at Eastern Washington University, the University of Massachusetts, Harvard University, and Mount Holyoke College.
Dr. Almeida has presented at the National Indian Education Association’s annual conference and the National Conference on Race & Ethnicity in Higher Education (NCORE), and a participant at the World Conference on Indigenous People’s Education.
Dr. Almeida is the Director of American Indian Studies at Eastern Washington University, and was the 2013-14 Executive Director for the Race and Culture Studies major. Dr. Almeida is a tenured Associate Professor in American Indian Studies, and affiliated faculty in Race and Culture Studies and Women and Gender Studies.
is Director of the Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies and Leonard J. Horwitz Professor of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Before coming to UMass, she taught Politics and Latin American Studies the University of California at Santa Cruz. Alvarez has written extensively on social movements, feminisms, NGOs, transnational activism, and democratization. She has taken part in Latina/women of color feminist, social justice, international solidarity, and anti-racist activism since the 1980s and since then also has maintained manifold connections with Brazilian, Latin American, and global feminist movements, while theorizing with/about them.
J.D., Ph.D., is Director of the Program on Justice and Peace at Georgetown University, and serves as Executive Director of the Peace and Justice Studies Association. His articles have appeared in journals including Peace Review, Contemporary Justice Review, and the Journal of Peace Education, and he has been a regular contributor to online publications including Common Dreams, Huffington Post, and Truthout. Among his recent books are Peace Ecology (Paradigm Publishers, 2014), Anarchism Today (Praeger, 2012), and the co-edited volume (with Elavie Ndura) Exploring the Power of Nonviolence: Peace, Politics, and Practice (Syracuse University Press, 2013).
the Catherin & Bruce Bastian Professor of Global and Transnational Studies, teaches Sociology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He taught at the American University in Cairo for 16 years, before assuming the directorship of the International Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World (ISIM) in the Netherlands in 2003. His broad research areas range from social movements and social change, religion and society, to Islam and the modern world, and urban space and politics. His most recent books include (with Linda Herrera) Being Young and Muslim (ed. Oxford University Press, 2010), Post-Islamism: The Changing Faces of Political Islam (ed. Oxford University Press, 2013), and Life as Politics: How Ordinary People Change the Middle East (Stanford University Press, 2013, 2nd edition).
Mikael Baaz (PhD, LLM, MA, BSc, BA) is an Associate Professor in Peace and Conflict Studies and a Senior Lecturer in International Law at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. His research interests include International Public Law in general and the regulation on the use of force in particular, Critical International Criminal Law as well as Law and Resistance. He is the author of, The Use of Force and International Society (Stockholm: Jure, 2009) as well as numerous papers, published in, inter alia, Journal of International Relations and Development, Security Dialouges, Asian Politics and Policy, International Studies Perspectives, Journal of Political Power and Global Public Health.
de la Cadena, Marisol
is an anthropologist. Born in Peru, she teaches permanently at UC Davis, and itinerantly in Colombia and Peru. Her interests include race critical studies, political ontology, and de-colonial studies of nature and political ecology.
Her work on race includes the book Indigenous Mestizos: The Politics of Race and Culture in Cuzco (Duke Unviersity Press, 2000) and the edited volume Formaciones de Indianidad en América Latina (Bogotá: Envión 2007.) Her new book Earth Beings: Ecologies of Practice Across Andean Worlds (Duke University press 2015) is an ethnographic exploration of the indigenous and non-indigenous encounters at the ontological boundaries of modern politics. Her current research “Provincializing nature and the Human” takes ontological politics to the discussion of universal and provincial notions of ‘nature’ and into the exploration of the tensions between the neo-liberal ethics of corporate extractivism and peasant life in the anthropocenic Andes.
She received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2008. In 2012-2013 she convened Indigenous Cosmopolitics: Dialogues Towards the Reconstitution of Worlds a John. E Sawyer Seminar for the Comparative Study of Cultures.
She was co-founder of the World Anthropology Network, an intellectual collective that has launched a number of initiatives in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas.
was involved in nonviolent action in the 1950s in the direct action wing of the nuclear disarmament movement, and has written on nonviolent resistance since the 1960s. She has lectured in politics at the universities of Lancaster, Oxford and Queensland, and was a summer scholar at SIPRI (Stockholm). She was a senior editor for the Oxford International Encyclopedia of Peace (Oxford University Press, 2010) and has collaborated on several bibliographies on nonviolent protest, including A Guide to Civil Resistance (Merlin Press, 2013). Her most recent books are: Direct Action and Democracy Today (Polity, 2005) and People Power and Political Change (Routledge, 2012).
is a professor in Sociology at Eastern Washington University. He teaches power and resistance in courses such as Sociology of Revolutions, Sociology of Politics, and Contemporary Sociological Theory, and contests administrative reason as department chair. He is author of a book, Transnational Roots of the Civil Rights Movement: African American Explorations of the Gandhian Repertoire; various articles in journals like Mobilization, Theory and Society, Critical Sociology, and Societies Without Borders; and book chapters in Globalization and Resistance, The Diffusion of Social Movements, and other edited volumes. He also contributes to the online journals Interface and Resistance Studies Magazine.
is a South African human rights activist and academic. She is Associate Professor in Development Studies at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth. She has a PhD in political sociology from Rhodes University. Her main areas of research are sustainable development, democratic participation, social history, gender and human rights. She is an international trainer in strategic nonviolence, human rights and participatory development and an activist in many organisations and campaigns including the United Democratic Front, the End Conscription Campaign, the Black Sash, the International Centre on Nonviolent Conflict, the Nelson Mandela Bay Transition Network and the Palestine Solidarity Alliance.
is a Principal lecturer at the Centre for Trust, Peace and social Relation, Coventry University, former academic director of the MA in Peace and Reconciliation Studies and co-director of the Post Graduate Certificate Course in conflict Resolution Skills.
He has research interest in peace processes, conflict transformation and nonviolence. He has extensive experience across the Middle East region and a special interest in the Palestinian Israeli conflict. He led a team of researchers and experts to conduct a comprehensive survey about the nonviolent movement in the oPt and the role of Israelis of internationals. He has considerable experience in leading training courses in conflict transformation and peacebuilding, and in undertaking consultancies in strategy development to intervene and transform conflict and he lead conflict transformation programmes in East and Central Africa. Before joining Coventry University in 2009, Dr Darweish worked as a Senior Peace and Conflict Advisor at Responding to Conflict (RTC) and Director of the Middle East programme.
is senior researcher and programme director at the Berghof Foundation (Berlin), where she manages collaborative research and capacity-building projects on civil resistance, non-state armed groups, conflict transformation and post-war governance. She also carries out consultancy projects for various civil society organisations and international agencies (e.g. UNDP, European Parliament, EU Commission), and currently edits the Berghof Transitions publication Series. She holds a PhD in Conflict Resolution from Bradford University (UK). Her latest publications include two edited books: Post-war Security Transitions: Participatory Peacebuilding after Asymmetric Conflicts (Routledge 2012), and Civil Resistance and Conflict Transformation: Transitions from Armed to Nonviolent Struggle (Routledge 2014).
teaches the history and politics of media and culture at New York University, where he is an Associate Professor. He is the author and editor of six books, including the Cultural Resistance Readert and Dream: Re-Imagining Progressive Politics in an Age of Fantasy, and writes on the intersection of culture and politics for a range of scholarly and popular publications. Duncombe is a life-long political activist, and is presently co-founder and director of the Center for Artistic Activism.
is Professor of Sociology at New York University. He earned his baccalaureate and doctorate at Harvard and has taught at NYU since 1991. His writings focus on social movements, revolutions, and political violence. He is currently finishing a book titled A Theory of Terrorism. His book No Other Way Out: States and Revolutionary Movements, 1945-1991 (Cambridge, 2001), won the Outstanding Book Prize of the Collective Behavior and Social Movements Section of the American Sociological Association. He is the coeditor of Contention in Context (Stanford, 2012), The Social Movements Reader (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009) and Passionate Politics (Chicago, 2001).
is a Professor of Sociology at the Instituto de Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades in the Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, Mexico and Honorary Visiting Professor at the University of Rhodes, South Africa. He has published widely on Marxist theory, on the Zapatista movement and on the new forms of anti-capitalist struggle. His books Change the World without taking Power (Pluto, London, 2002, new edition 2010) and Crack Capitalism (Pluto, London, 2010), have stirred international debate and have been widely translated.
is Professor of Peace Studies and Deputy Director at the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies. He is the editor-in-chief of the journal, Critical Studies on Terrorism, and has written 8 books and more than 50 articles and book chapters on terrorism, political violence and conflict resolution. His latest book is a research-based novel entitled, Confessions of a Terrorist (Zed, 2014) which explores themes of resistance, violence and radicalisation. He is currently embarking on a major research project to understand pacifism and nonviolence as a form of subjugated knowledge in society, and how to de-subjugate it.
(PhD) is a researcher in Theory of Science at the University of Gothenburg. He defended his dissertation The Quantification of Society in 2012. He has been involved the activist group Telecomix since it was founded in 2009, and he has written on digital resistance for a number of years. Currently, Kullenberg is also conducting research on citizen science and happiness research together with research groups based in Gothenburg.
has a PhD in Peace and Development Research and is a senior lecturer at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. She has conducted fieldworks in Palestine, Japan and Cambodia and her research interests cover the concepts of power and resistance. In this, Lilja has a special focus upon the linkages between resistance and social change as well as the particularities – the character and emergence – of various forms of resistance. In centre are the discourses, performances and identities of those engaged in resistance practices. What relationships enable or constrain articulations of resistance? Lilja’s publications on resistance and contemporary politics have, among other things, appeared in Resistance Studies Magazine, Feminist Review, Asian Perspectives, Journal of Political Power and in the monograph Resisting Gendered Norms: Civil Society, the Juridical and Political Space in Cambodia (Ashgate.) as well as in a number of edited books.
is an educator, organiser and researcher. He has previously taught at The University of Queensland, Sydney University, University of New England, Christian Heritage College and was an honorary research fellow at Monash University. Jason coordinates a civil resistance training and education programme in nondemocracies in Asia and Oceania. His research interests include civil resistance (specifically struggles for self-determination), conflict transformation, contentious politics, community development, community organising, popular education, and politics in Indonesia and the Pacific. He lives on Jagera and Turrbal land in Brisbane, Australia.
is professor of social sciences at the University of Wollongong, Australia. He is the author of 14 books and hundreds of articles on nonviolence, dissent, scientific controversies and other topics. He has a special interest in tactics against injustice and is vice president of Whistleblowers Australia. Web: www.bmartin.cc
Angela Maye-Banbury is an academic leader, teacher and researcher based in the Department of the Natural and Built Environment at Sheffield Hallam University in England. Angela is a sociologist with a particular interest in urban planning and social history. She obtained her masters degree in Housing Studies and her PhD in Sociology (Social Policy) from De Montfort University in Leicester. She is a member of the British Oral History Society and the Oral History Network of Ireland. Angela’s research focuses on the theme of housing and socioeconomic inequalities in the urban context. Her research has been published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the Policy Press and Habitat for Humanity amongst many others. As a mentor, Angela has worked with numerous authors, graduates, masters students, PhD students and early career researchers to help develop their writing and research skills. Angela is her department’s research ethics lead and vice chair of her Faculty’s research ethics committee. Her current research, using oral history, explores how residents of Beijing resisted Maoist driven housing reforms in early Communist China. She is also examining the modes of resistance used by Irish emigrants in England when negotiating everyday life in the low budget boarding houses of Leicester, Sheffield and Manchester.
Elavie Ndura is a professor and an international education expert with over 20 years of experience in developing, implementing and managing intercultural education, educators’ professional development, and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages programs. She is the founder and coordinator of the Shinnyo Fellowship for Peacebuilding through Intercultural Dialogue at George Mason University. Her signature interdisciplinary research and scholarship that unites intercultural education, peace education, and conflict transformation highlight the central role of formal and non-formal education in advancing equity, social justice, and sustainable peace. She has published six books and more than 30 book chapters and professional journal articles.
Nepstad, Sharon Erickson
is Professor of Sociology at the University of New Mexico. She has a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado-Boulder and has held visiting scholar positions at Princeton and Notre Dame. Her research focuses on social movements and civil resistance. She is the author of several books including: Nonviolent Struggle: Theories, Strategies, and Dynamics of Civil Resistance (Oxford, forthcoming in 2015); Nonviolent Revolutions (Oxford, 2011); Religion and War Resistance in the Plowshares Movement (Cambridge, 2008); and Convictions of the Soul: Religion, Culture, and Agency in the Central America Solidarity Movement (Oxford, 2008).
has been involved in the peace movement since the 1950s and was one of the organisers of the first Aldermaston March against nuclear weapons in 1958. Chair War Resisters International 1966-73; Chair of the Direct Action Committee Against Nuclear War, 1958-61; Coordinator of Bradford University-based Alternative Defence Commission, 1979-86. BA Hons English, University College London, 1966; M.Phil Bradford 1980; PhD Bradford, 1994. Lecturer and Research Fellow, Peace Studies, University of Bradford, 1973-2008. Publications include Civil Resistance, Fontana, 1994; How to Defend Yourself in Court, Civil Liberties Trust, 1995; Challenge to Nonviolence, (ed),Bradford University Press 2002. Co-compiler with April Carter and Howard Clark, People Power & Protest Since 1945: A Bibliography of Nonviolent Action, Housmans, 2006, and of Guide to Civil Resistance, Merlin Press, Vol 1, 2013, Vol 2, 2015.
is a Senior Lecturer in Peace and Reconciliation Studies at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University in the UK. She has been teaching Peace Studies since the 1980s including in the U.S. (University of California, Berkeley and Colgate University in New York) and Europe (University of Oslo, Norway) and has been a visiting lecturer in Peace Studies in China (Nanjing University). Her areas of expertise include conflict transformation, nonviolence, peace education, and the role of the arts in peacebuilding. She also has extensive experience in peace education at the community level in the UK.
Oliver Richmond is a Research Professor in IR, Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Manchester, UK. He is also International Professor, College of International Studies, Kyung Hee University, Korea, and Visiting Professor at the University of Tromso. His publications include Peace Formation and Post-Conflict Political Order, (Oxford University Press, Forthcoming 2016), Failed Statebuilding vs Peace Formation (Yale University Press, 2014), A Very Short Introduction to Peace (Oxford University Press, 2014), A Post Liberal Peace (Routledge, 2011), Liberal Peace Transitions, (with Jason Franks, Edinburgh University Press, 2009), Peace in IR (Routledge, 2008), and The Transformation of Peace (Palgrave, 2005/7). He is editor of the Palgrave book series, Rethinking Peace and Conflict Studies, and co-editor of the Journal, Peacebuilding
taught peace studies at various places around the world before becoming Emeritus Professor of Peace Studies at Coventry University, UK. He has been associated with the radical pacifist publication Peace News since the 1960s and has published widely on different aspects of nonviolent action for change – including alternative lifestyles, pacifist movements in 20th century Britain, the post-Independence Gandhian movement in India, and popular unarmed resistance in Palestine. He has an ongoing interest in the emotional dynamics of conflict transformation. His most recent publication was a study of maritime nonviolent intervention (‘sea-dogs for peace’) and in 2015 a co-authored full-length study of popular resistance in Palestine will be published.
is Associate Professor of Sociology and Global Affairs, Rutgers University, Newark, USA. He has published numerous journal articles, chapters and books on social movements, civil resistance, and violent political conflict. His book, Unarmed Insurrections: People Power Movements in Nondemocracies (University of Minnesota Press, 2005), was awarded Best Book of the Year by the Comparative Democratization section of the American Political Science Association, and published in Spanish as Insurrecciones No Armadas: Poder Popular en Regimenes No Democráticos (Editorial Universidad del Rosario, Bogotá, Colombia, 2008). He is also the author of Civil Resistance Today (Polity, 2015) and editor of Civil Resistance: Comparative Perspectives on Nonviolent Struggle (University of Minnesota Press, 2015). He served as the convener of the Nonviolence Commission of the International Peace Research Association from 2008 to 2014 and currently serves as director of the International Institute for Peace at Rutgers University, Newark.
is associate professor in Peace and Development Research at the School of Global Studies at the University of Gothenburg, and Sweden. He focuses his research mainly on civil society resistance, peace building and conflict transformation in the Middle East, and his most recent publications are ‘The League of the Arab States, The Gulf Cooperation Council and the Arab Civil Uprisings, 2011-13’, in Wallensteen, & Bjurnern (eds.) 2014, Regional Organizations: New Actors in International Peacemaking, “Palestine” in Joel Peters (ed.) 2012, The European Union and the Arab Spring, “Palestinian Civil Society“, in Peters and Newman (eds.) 2012, The Routledge Handbook of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, and “Palestinian public willingness to compromise: torn between hope and violence” (Journal of Security Dialogues, 2010.
James Scott is the Sterling Professor of Political Science and Professor of Anthropology and is Co-Director of the Agrarian Studies Program. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His research concerns political economy, comparative agrarian societies, theories of hegemony and resistance, peasant politics, revolution, Southeast Asia, theories of class relations and anarchism. His publications include Domination and the Arts of Resistance, Yale University Press, 1985, Weapons of the Weak: Everyday Forms of Peasant Resistance, Yale University Press 1980, Seeing Like a State: How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed, Yale University Press, 1998; The Art of Not Being Governed: An Anarchist History of Upland Southeast Asia, Yale University Press, 2008; and Two Cheers for Anarchism, Princeton University Press, 2012.
Ph.D., *1959 in Hamburg, is a researcher at the Institute for Peace Work and Nonviolent Conflict Transformation which she co-founded, Executive Secretary of the Federation for Social Defence (www.soziale-verteidigung.de), editor of the magazine “Peace Forum” , and, since 2014, Chair of War Resisters’ International. Christine holds a Masters in Social Anthropology from the University of Cologne and a PhD from the University of Coventry, and has published on conflict transformation, nonviolence, unarmed civilian peacekeeping, civilian-based defence and conflicts in various regions – the Balkans, Middle East, Eastern Europe and South East Asia. She resides in Hamburg, Germany. Email: CschweitzerIFGK@aol.com.
, PhD, is lecturer of International Relations at Thailand’s Thammasat University, and co-Secretary General of the Asia Pacific Peace Research Association. Her most recent publications are; “ ‘If You Use Nonviolence, I will Respond with Nonviolence’: A Nonviolent Conflict in the case of the 2007 Pattani Protest, Southern Thailand,’ in Conflict Transformation: New Voices, New Directions, eds. Rhea DuMont, Tom Hastings, and Emiko Noma (NC: McFarland, 2013); and “Playful subversion: Red Sunday’s Nonviolent Activism in Thailand’s Post-2010 Crackdown,” Journal of Peace & Policy Vol. 20 (2014, forthcoming). Her current research, funded by Thailand Research Fund, looks at nonviolent policing of protests.
Sörensen, Jens Stilhoff
is Senior Lecturer in Peace and Development Studies / International Relations at Gothenburg University and a Fellow at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs (SIIA). He received his doctorate in History and Civilization from the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence. His research interest is on liberal governing rationalities with focus on biopolitics, development and security. A central theme is post-conflict intervention and state-building. Other general interests include critical political economy, neoliberalism in theory and practice, civil society, ethnicity and nationalism, and the Balkan region. Publications include ‘State Collapse and Reconstruction in the Periphery’ (Berghahn Books 2009); and (edited) ‘Challenging the Aid Paradigm: Western Currents and Asian Alternatives’ (Palgrave Macmillan 2010) and (co-edited) ‘The End of the Development-Security Nexus: Towards Global Disaster Management’ (Development Dialogue 58/ 2012). Prior to research (1994-2000) he worked for the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Sida, the OSCE (Organisation for Security- and Cooperation in Europe) and EUMM (European Union Monitoring Mission). In 2007 he founded the research network INDESENT (International Development-Security Network) and he was member of the Swedish Research Council’s advisory group on civil society 2010-12. Jens has lived and worked in the former Yugoslavia for several years. Jens is a representative for Academic Rights Watch, an organization founded in 2013 with the objective to monitor and promote academic freedom and freedom of speech, core values he considers under pressure in the neoliberal university.
Sørensen, Majken Jul
PhD from University of Wollongong, Australia, wrote her thesis on humour as method in political activism. Majken holds an MA in peace and reconciliation studies from Coventry University, UK and a bachelor degree in sociology from the University of Tromsø, Norway. She is the author of a book in Danish about nonviolence and alternatives to war: On the Barricades for Peace – Inspiring Stories of Nonviolence. She has also published a number of articles about humour as a strategy for nonviolent resistance, social movements, nonviolent revolutions and peaceful societies. Together with Ellen Elster, Majken edited Women Conscientious Objectors – An Anthology (London: War Resisters’ International, 2010) and also contributed a chapter.
Until recently Thomas Weber taught Peace Studies and Politics at Melbourne’s La Trobe University where he is now an Honorary Associate of the Politics Program. He is a frequent visitor to India and a regular writer on Gandhian topics. His Gandhi-related books include Gandhi at First Sight (in press); Going Native: Gandhi’s Relationship with Western Women; The Shanti Sena: Philosophy, History and Action; Gandhi, Gandhism and the Gandhians; Gandhi as Disciple and Mentor; and On the Salt March: The Historiography of Gandhi’s March to Dandi.