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Peace Studies: Edges and Innovations

ISSN No: 2058-2986
Series Editor(s):
Michael Minch and Laura Finley

Series Description

This new and innovative series will combine academic rigor and accessible prose, rendering the books appropriate for scholars, classrooms, practitioners, activists, policymakers, and even more general readership. Books in the series will focus on:

• reconceptualization and expanding peace education, looking to and drawing from communities who have been marginalized, overlooked, or forgotten;
• gender, multiculturalism, and diversity;
• positive peace/justice;
• innovative peacebuilding strategies and movements;
• the relationship between peace studies and contemporary problematics (e.g., climate change, indigenous peoples' rights);
• the relationship among disciplines within peace studies, looking at the overlap;
• interpenetration, and symbiosis that enriches our work, pushes it forward, and builds peace;
• issues in criminal justice, focusing on restorative justice.

Editor(s) Biography

Michael Minch, Ph.D., is Director of the Peace and Justice Studies Program at Utah Valley University and Director of Summit: The Sustainable Mountain Development and Conflict Transformation Global Database. He is author of numerous books, book chapters and scholarly articles and is a regular presenter at local, state, and national conferences. Additionally, Minch helps lead international study trips and is currently working with colleagues to build The Conflict and Peace Research Center in the Balkans. Minch is also the Research Liaison for the Board of Directors of the Peace and Justice Studies Association.

Laura Finley, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminology at Barry University. She is the author, co-author or editor of 13 books and is Series Editor for ABC-CLIO’s Crime in Popular Culture series. Finley has also authored numerous book chapters and journal articles and is a syndicated columnist with PeaceVoice. She is actively involved in a number of state, local, and national peace, justice and human rights organizations and currently serves as Publications Chair and Speaker’s Bureau Coordinator for the Peace and Justice Studies Association.

Editorial Board Members:

Randall Amster, 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 Sustainability Education. His books include Peace Ecology (Paradigm Publishers, 2014), Anarchism Today (Praeger/ABC-CLIO, 2012), and Lost in Space: The Criminalization, Globalization, and Urban Ecology of Homelessness (LFB Scholarly, 2008).
Kelly Concannon, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Humanities at Nova Southeastern University. She received her doctoral degree in composition and rhetoric from Syracuse University in 2008. Her scholarship is inextricably linked to her pedagogy and practice, as she examines how to utilize classroom spaces to produce powerful and complex conditions for social justice. She has published work in journals such as the Journal of the Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning, Academic Exchange Quarterly, the Journal of Advanced Composition, Enculturation, and College Literature. She participates in various community activist projects and alliances including The College Brides Walk, the South Florida Diversity Alliance, and serves as a Mentor for the Women of Tomorrow Program in Ft Lauderdale FL. She is also an active member of the College English Association and the National Council of Teachers of English.
Luigi Esposito, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminology at Barry University in Miami Shores, FL. He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on issues related to race and ethnic relations, social theory, globalization, and ethics. His research has appeared in various professional journals, including The Sociological Quarterly, The Western Journal of Black Studies, Humanity and Society, Journal of Aging and Identity, Peace Studies Journal , Studies in Symbolic Interaction, and Perspectives on Global Development and Technology. He is co-editor (with Vicente Berdayes and John W. Murphy) of the book The Body in Human Inquiry: Interdisciplinary Explorations of Embodiment. (Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press. 2004); and is also co-editor (with Laura Finley) of the book Grading the 44th President: A Report Card on Barack Obama's First Term as a Progressive Leader (Santa Barbara, CA; Praeger/ABC-CLIO).
Tom Hastings, Ed.D., is Assistant Professor in the Conflict Resolution Department at Portland State University. Hastings formerly served on the Governing Council of the International Peace Research Association (IPRA), is past co-chair of the Peace and Justice Studies Association, and is on the boards of both the IPRA Foundation and the Oregon Peace Institute, as well as the academic advisors committee of the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict. He directs PeaceVoice, a program of OPI, and has written several books and many articles about nonviolence and other peace and conflict topics. He was a Civil Rights activist in the late 1960s, a Conscientious Objector to the war in Vietnam, a safe energy activist who built and lived in a solar cabin for many years, and a peace/justice/environmental movement organizer for Waging Peace in Wisconsin for years. He is a former Plowshares prisoner, former member of the War Resisters League National Committee, and a founding member of two Catholic Worker communities and currently lives in Whitefeather Peace House.

Mark Lance is professor of philosophy and professor of justice and peace at Georgetown University. He has published widely in philosophy of language, logic, metaphysics and epistemology, moral philosophy, and political philosophy. He also writes for both academic and movement audiences on topics such as nonviolence, anarchism, movement strategy, and grassroots democracy. He was a founder and director of the Program on Justice and Peace at Georgetown University, and currently a member of its steering committee. He is currently a member of the board of the Peace and Justice Studies Association. Prof. Lance has also been active in social movements for justice and peace for over 30 years.

Michael Nagler is a widely respected scholar and advocate of Gandhi and nonviolence. Born in Brooklyn, NY he came to California in 1960 to do graduate studies in Classics and Comparative Literature at UC, Berkeley. In 1966 he accepted an appointment as Assistant Professor in those departments; later he founded the Peace and Conflict Studies Program on that campus, which is now one of the biggest in North America. He also served as chairman of the Religious Studies Program and for two years as Co-Chair of the Peace and Justice Studied Association. In 1970 he wrote Spontaneity and Tradition, an innovative study of oral poetry in the ancient world, and numerous articles on this and related subjects.
In 1983 he assisted the research for Sri Eknath Easwaran’s masterful book, Nonviolent Soldier of Islam and in 1984 he, along with several other distinguished figures, nominated Abdul Ghaffar Khan for the Nobel Peace Prize. He was instrumental in getting Teri McLuhan to create the first full film treatment of Khan, Frontier Gandhi Badshah Khan a torch for peace, which won the top award for documentary in 2009 at the International Film Festival in Abu Dhabi.
Now professor emeritus at Berkeley, he is Founder and President of the Metta Center for Nonviolence (; and author of Our Spiritual Crisis, and The Search for a Nonviolent Future, which received a 2002 American Book Award and has been translated into Arabic, Italian, Korean, Croatian, and several other languages. His most recent book (April, 2014 at Berrett-Koehler) is The Nonviolence Handbook: A Guide to Practical Action. Other writings of his have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Tikkun, among other venues, as he has spoken and written about nonviolence, meditation, and world peace for academic, religious, and general audiences for more than forty years. He has served as consultant for colleges and universities in establishing peace studies programs (Northwestern, Sonoma State, Stanford, and others).
Among other awards, he received the Outstanding Contribution to Peace Education (Peace & Justice Studies Assoc., 2003) and the Jamnalal Bajaj International Award for Promoting Gandhian Values Outside India in 2007. In 2013 he was invited to give the annual address on Gandhi’s birthday (Oct. 2) at the Gandhi Research Foundation in Jalgaon, India.
In addition to conducting many retreats and workshops on nonviolence and related through the Metta Center, he has helped to develop Roadmap, an ambitious scheme to coordinate progressive action along Gandhian lines, and is working on a major documentary on nonviolence. Metta is widely respected as a resource for Gandhian nonviolence and strategic consultation.Michael is a student of Sri Eknath Easwaran, Founder of the Blue Mountain Center of Meditation ( He has lived at the Center’s ashram in Marin County since 1970 and is a presenter for their programs of passage meditation.

Edmund Pries (PhD) is Assistant Professor of Global Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University where he teaches in the areas of Peace and Conflict Studies, Globalization and Culture and Community Engagement. His research focuses on religion and peace/conflict and on social contracts derived from citizenship oaths and military enlistment oaths. He also writes on pedagogy. Edmund is the recipient of two awards for teaching excellence. He serves on the executive of the Peace and Justice Studies Association, as consulting editor for the Conrad Grebel Review and on the advisory board of Summit: The Sustainable Mountain Development and Conflict Transformation Global Database.

Cris Toffolo is Chair of the Department of Justice Studies at Northeastern Illinois University. Prior to that, she was the Director of the Justice and Peace Studies program and an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. She is author of two books, The Arab League. New York: Chelsea House (2008) and Emancipating Cultural Pluralism, ed. Prescript by Crawford Young. SUNY Press (2003), as well as numerous book chapters. Toffolo is also an active member of Amnesty International USA and serves as Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Peace and Justice Studies Association (PJSA).

Series Titles

Connecting Contemporary African-Asian Peacemaking and Nonviolence

This collection brings together accomplished and emerging scholars who are researching and working for grassroots social change throughout Africa and Asia. The essays within are sourced from a series of seminars held during the founding African Peace Research and Education Association Conference at the Economic Community of West Af...

Contemporary Icons of Nonviolence

2019 marked notable anniversaries for two of the most widely recognised icons of the philosophy of nonviolence, representing seventy years since the birth of Dr Martin Luther King Jr and the 150th anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi. Both brought significant, constructive, and far-reaching social and political change to the ...

Cultural Violence in the Classroom

In identity-based conflicts, what a person learns can become whom a person learns to hate.This book explores the unique position occupied by educators during protracted ethnic conflict. As transmitters of social authority, educators occupy a position in society capable of supporting repressive constructs or challenging social inequ...

Marketing Peace

Religious terrorism accounted for 66% of all deaths from terror attacks in 2013. Using religion as a trump-card for justification of violence has increased sharply since 2000, significantly overtaking political and nationalist separatist movements. There has, however, been no serious attempt to understand how peace can be offered a...

Peace and Social Justice Education on Campus

This book provides important reflections by and for peace and social justice educators working on college campuses. Importantly, it also integrates the voices of students. More than a feel-good compilation of success stories, however, it illustrates the complexities inherent in teaching and learning about and for peace and social j...

Peace Studies between Tradition and Innovation

The field of peace and conflict studies is rich in secular and faith traditions. At the same time, as a relatively new and interdisciplinary field, it is ripe with innovation. This volume, the first in the series Peace Studies: Edges and Innovations, edited by Michael Minch and Laura Finley of the Peace and Justice Studies Associat...

Political Correctness in the Era of Trump

In recent years, debates surrounding “political correctness” (PC) have once again intensified in the United States and other Western countries. Although PC has a long history, the term today is typically associated with a type of leftist-progressive puritanism that prevents people from speaking their minds or voicing uncomfortable ...

Reflections on Gender from a Communication Point-of-View

This volume documents the experiences of, and reflections on, gender from undergraduate students in the field of Communication. It is the product of conversations, queries and discoveries that emerged from a spirited Communication and Gender course offered by the Department of Communication at Barry University, USA. The essays coll...

Revolutionary Nonviolence in Violent Times

This edited volume focuses on the evolving nature of peacebuilding. Chapters address important and timely questions, including how groups select their peacebuilding methods, whether any form of violence is acceptable, and the role of neoliberalism. Further, the contributions here, written from a variety of disciplinary perspectives...

The Compassionate Rebel Revolution

This revised edition of the second volume in the award-winning Compassionate Rebel series features the inspiring, ground breaking stories of 60 ordinary people from around the globe who have turned adversity into triumph, compassion into commitment, and anger into activism with extraordinary acts of caring and courage that are posi...


Timely and important, this collection focuses on the meaning of the 2016 presidential campaign and the election of Donald J. Trump as it relates to gender. Authored by scholars in political science, international studies, sociology, peace and conflict studies, psychiatry, and social work, as well as feminist activists from various ...