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 the Production Manager for the Peace Chronicle, the PJSA’s quarterly magazine. They started working on the Chronicle in 2019 as an Editorial Intern, and have been on the team ever since. Emma is also a second-year master’s student at UMASS Boston, studying History and Historiography; they earned their B.A from Miami University in 2020, in Social Justice Studies. In their free time, you’ll usually find Emsie making art, or working on one of their writing projects.

Former Student Research Team Members