Almeida, Deirdre A.
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, Mount Holyoke College, Gonzaga University, and the University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand.
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, Native American & Indigenous Studies Conference and the He Manawa Whenua: Indigenous Research Conference.
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 Program. Dr. Almeida is a tenured Professor in American Indian Studies, and affiliated faculty in Gender, Women & Sexuality 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.
holds 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 public life, and urban space and politics. His recent books include Life as Politics: How Ordinary People Change the Middle East (Stanford University Press, 2013, 2nd edition); Revolution without Revolutionaries: Making Sense of the Arab Spring (Stanford University Press, 2017); and Revolutionary Life: The Everyday of the Arab Spring (Harvard University Press, 2021).
Carter, April (22 November 1937 – 16 August 2022)
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 on contentious as well as constructive resistance in courses such as Sociology of Revolutions, Sociology of Politics, and Social Change. He is author of a book, Transnational Roots of the Civil Rights Movement: African American Explorations of the Gandhian Repertoire; co-author of a book in progress on emerging repertoires of decolonizing resistance and the deep commons; 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, Frantz Fanon and Emancipatory Social Theory; Revolutionary Nonviolence: Concepts, Cases, and Controversies; and other edited volumes. He also contributes to the online journal Interface.
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, Amandla Collective, Climate Justice Movement, African Ecofeminist Network, African Coaching Network, and the Palestine Solidarity Alliance.
is Associate Professor at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relation, Coventry University, UK. 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 popular protest, conflict transformation, oral history and cultural resistance. He has extensive experience across the Middle East region and a special interest in the Palestinians and Israel. He led a team of researchers and experts to conduct a comprehensive survey about the nonviolent movement in the occupied Palestinian territory 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 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.
teaches at New York University, where he is Professor of Media and Culture. He is the author and editor of nine books, including the Cultural Resistance Reader, Dream: Re-Imagining Progressive Politics in an Age of Fantasy, and Æffect: Assessing the Affect and Effect of Artistic Activism. Duncombe is a life-long political activist, and is presently co-founder and Research Director of the Center for Artistic Activism.
My latest work (besides a book on Fishing and Activism out this fall) is about the evaluation and assessment of creative forms of activism, in other words: Does it work? And how do we know? So anything in that wheelhouse is interesting to me.
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) and Crack Capitalism (Pluto, London, 2010), have stirred international debate and have been widely translated. The third book in the trilogy, Hope in Hopeless Times, is published by Pluto, London, in October 2022.
is Professor of Peace Studies at the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Otago, New Zealand. He is the editor-in-chief of the journal, Critical Studies on Terrorism, and the author or editor of 14 books and more than 100 articles and book chapters on terrorism, political violence, pacifism, nonviolent resistance and conflict resolution. His latest book is an edited collection entitled Revolutionary Nonviolence: Concepts, Cases and Controversies (Zed books, 2020). He is currently writing a book on Military Abolition with Joseph Llewellyn and Griffin Leonard which argues that New Zealand should abolish its military forces.
currently serves as a professor in Peace and Development Research at the School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Lilja’s area of interest is the linkages between resistance and social change as well as the particularities—the character and emergence—of various forms of resistance. In regard to this, she is currently working on how different articulations of gendered resistance emerge. Some of Lilja’s papers have appeared in Signs, Global Public Health, Review of International Studies, Global Society and Journal of Political Power.
has spent the last three plus decades accompanying self-determination movements as an educator, researcher and organiser. Much of his work has been in conflict zones. He has been part of winning large, and small, campaigns, but he also knows what it feels like to fail. Like many of us, he knows we cannot afford to lose on climate. His ancestors are crofters from the Isle of Lewis, working class English folks and Polish Jews. They remind him he is on a journey to reconstitute a destituted, wilder and indigenous self. Jason holds a PhD in social movements and politics from The University of Queensland and lives in trouwunna / lutruwita / Tasmania on Pallittorre Country.
is emeritus professor of social sciences at the University of Wollongong, Australia. He is the author of 22 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. Angela is an oral history specialist and uses oral testimony as a way to enable people to express how they have resisted against forces of power and control. Angel works extensively with the Irish community in Britain and the USA with specific focus on resistance measures used by the Irish to combat racism and to assert political control.
is Secretary-General of the International Peace Research Association, and Senior Research Scholar of the University of Massachusetts/Amherst’s Resistance Studies Initiative. Active also with the International Fellowship of Reconciliation and the War Resisters’ International, Meyer is a noted speaker, organizer, and author/editor of over a dozen books. South African Nobel Peace Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu, noted that Meyer has “looked beyond the short-term strategies and tactics which too often divide progressive peoples…and begun to develop a language which looks at the roots of our humanness.”
Sarah Murru is an Assistant Professor in Sociology at KU Leuven, member of the Center for Sociological Research (CeSO) and a research associate to the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Families and Sexualities (CIRFASE) at UCLouvain. Her expertise lies in the fields of Resistance Studies and Gender Studies, especially Feminist Research and Institutional Ethnography. She has also worked on youth and family research, as well as on mobility and migration. As an institutional ethnographer, she is interested in understanding how institutions socially organize people’s everyday lives and the ways in which people respond to ruling. Some of her past research include a study on single mother’s everyday forms of resistance in Vietnam, and youth’s everyday experiences of living in-between two homes in the context of shared physical custody in Italy. She has co-edited two volumes entitled Resistances: Between Theories and the Field (Rowman & Littlefield, 2020) and Excluding Diversity through Intersectional Borderings: Politics, policies and everyday experiences in Europe and beyond (IMISCOE, 2024).
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.
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 an honorary research fellow with 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.
is Professor of IR, Peace and Conflict Studies in the Department of Politics, University of Manchester, UK. He is also international professor at Dublin City University and at the University of Tubingen; and a Visiting Professor at the University of Coimbra, Portugal. His publications include The Grand Design (Oxford University Press, 2022). He is co-editor of the Palgrave book series ‘Rethinking Peace and Conflict Studies’ (Palgrave) and co-editor of the journal ‘Peacebuilding’ (Taylor & Francis).
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 an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and International Studies and the Coordinator of the Asian Studies Minor program at Georgia Southern University (GSU). She is the Inclusive Excellence Faculty Fellow at GSU and a Certified Diversity Executive. Dr. Roy also serves as a visiting research scholar with the Center for Genocide and Human Rights, Rutgers University. She did her masters in Sociology and Anthropology from the University of Toledo, and a Ph. D. in Global Affairs from Rutgers University, New Jersey. Dr. Roy also has an M. Phil, a master’s and a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from India, and a Certificate in Women in Leadership Program from Cornell University. Dr. Roy is the associate editor of the Journal of Asian Security and International Affairs and serves on several editorial boards such as the International Studies Review, Perspectives on Global Development and Technology, Journal of the Royal Society for Asian Affairs, and South Asian Survey. Dr. Roy is the author of numerous journal articles and books, including Bitter Moments — The Story of Indonesian Fragmentation, The South China Sea Disputes — Past, Present, and Future, Exploring the Tripod: Immigration, Security, and Economy in the Post-9/11, and Navigating Uncertainty in the South China Sea Disputes: An Interdisciplinary Perspective, and Nonviolent Resistances in the Contemporary World: Case Studies from India, Poland, and Turkey. Dr. Roy was on the board of directors with the City of Savannah and worked for the Greater Savannah International Alliance. Dr. Roy also served as the Vice-Chair and the Chair of the Asian committee of the organization.
is Professor of Sociology, Rutgers University, Newark. His publications focus on social movements, unarmed 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).
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: [email protected].
holds a PhD in International Relations (2010) from the University of Lapland, Finland, where she works as a university lecturer. She is a member of the Rethinking Nordic Democracy: Civil Disobedience in Exceptional Times research group, funded by the Academy of Finland (2018–2022). She has the title of a docent (adjunct professor) of International Development Studies at the University of Jyväskylä.
She is the author of Globalizing Resistance against War? (Routledge, 2012) and co-editor of Arts-Based Methods for Decolonising Participatory Research (Routledge, 2021) and Civil Disobedience from Nepal to Norway (Routledge, 2022). She has published several book chapters in edited volumes and articles in journals such as Global Society, Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture, Journal für Entwicklungspolitik, Journal of Critical Globalisation Studies, and Journal of Critical Studies in Business and Society. She has edited and co-edited special issues for Globalizations, Journal of Resistance Studies, Refugee Watch: A South Asian Journal on Forced Migration, and Kosmopolis: Peace, Conflict and World Politics Journal.
She has held visiting scholar positions at Nepal Institute of Peace (Nepal, 2012, 2014, 2020), Calcutta Research Group (India, 2011–2012), Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit at the University of Dhaka (Bangladesh, 2015), and University of Newcastle (Australia, 2019). She is interested in activism, resistance, social movements, development, displacement, post/decolonial studies, feminist theory, ethnography, and engaged scholarship. She has engaged with anti-eviction movements in India, slum activist and women’s rights movements in Nepal and Bangladesh, anti-war and peace activists in Europe, and asylum-seekers and anti-deportation activists in Finland. In her recent work, she has focused on feminization of resistance, decolonial feminist solidarity, and arts-based research methods.
Sörensen, Jens Stilhoff
is Associate Professor in Peace and Development Studies / International Relations at Gothenburg University. He received his doctorate in History and Civilization from the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence. His current research interest is on the changing global order and worldmaking after U.S. Hegemony and competing visions of world order. His recent book “Splitting Europe: The EU, Russia and the West” (Rowman & Littlefield 2021) addresses the prelude to the ongoing European and global crisis. More general interests are global political economy, state collapse, ethnicity and nationalism and the Slavic / East European Europe. Earlier publications include ‘State Collapse and Reconstruction in the Periphery’ (Berghahn Books 2009, 2019); and (edited) ‘Challenging the Aid Paradigm: Western Currents and Asian Alternatives’ (Palgrave Macmillan 2010). 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
is an associate professor of sociology at Østfold University College, Norway and Karlstad University, Sweden. Her research interests include everyday and constructive resistance, nonviolent social movements, conflict transformation as well as humour and political activism. In this intersection between sociology and peace and conflict studies, she focuses on participants’ experiences and people’s agency and ability to create change from below. Majken has published books and articles on these topics in a wide range of academic journals.
taught Peace Studies and Politics at Melbourne’s La Trobe University where he is now an Honorary Associate of the Politics Program. He was a frequent visitor to India and a regular writer on Gandhian topics. His Gandhi-related books include: The Mahatma, His philosophy and his legacy, Gandhi at First Sight, 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.