Brian Martin is professor of social sciences at the University of Wollongong, Australia. He is the author of 12 books and hundreds of articles on nonviolence, whistleblowing, scientific controversies, information issues, democracy and other topics. He is vice president of Whistleblowers Australia and runs a large website on suppression of dissent. His PhD is in theoretical physics from Sydney University. He has taught a wide range of subjects including communication studies, environmental issues, peace studies and the politics of technology. He has undertaken many community research projects with the group Schweik Action Wollongong.
Dr. Satha‐Anand has been a pragmatic peacemaker in Thailand, engaging policymakers, military and civil society forces to stem violence and address conflict, particularly in the country’s south. He was appointed to lead Thailand’s National Reconciliation Commission and has championed the mainstreaming of peace education in Thai schools. A globally renowned scholar of Islam and nonviolence, Dr. Satha‐Anand has pioneered the view that Islamic practices and values like fasting, daily prayers; self‐discipline and spiritual reflection are conducive to successful nonviolent conflict resolution. Internationally, he is recognized for such influential works as, “The Nonviolent Crescent: Eight Theses on Muslim Nonviolent Action.” Dr. Satha‐Anand is founder and director of the Peace Information Centre at Thammasat University in Bangkok, Thailand, the Foundation for Democracy and Development Studies, and Thailand Research Fund. He is also the founder and Chair of the Strategic Nonviolence Committee (SNC), located first within the Royal Thai Government’s National Security Council and now a freestanding policy institute. Dr. Satha-Anand is recipient of the 2012 El-Hibri Peace Education Prize Laureate. (Source)
Dalia Ziada is the executive director of the Ibn Khaldun Center for Development Studies and the founding chairwoman of the al-Ghad Party’s Freedom and Rights Committee. She was a parliamentary candidate for the Adl Party in the 2011 People’s Assembly elections. In recognition of her tireless work for advocating and promoting women rights, civil freedoms, and liberal democracy in the Middle East, she received several international and regional awards. She has been named by Newsweek for two years in a row (2011-2012) as one of world’s most influential and most fearless women, named by CNN as one of Arab World’s eight agents of change (2012), selected by Daily Beast as one of world’s seventeen bravest bloggers (2011), received Tufts University Presidential Award for civil work (2011), received Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Journalist Award (2010), named by Time magazine as women rights champion (2009). (Source)
Erica Chenoweth, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, where she teaches courses on international relations, terrorism, civil war, nonviolent resistance, and contemporary warfare. In addition, she is an Associate Senior Researcher at the Peace Research Institute of Oslo (PRIO) and has held visiting appointments at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, Stanford University, UC-Berkeley, and the University of Maryland. Her book with Maria J. Stephan, Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict (Columbia University Press, 2011), won the 2012 Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award, given annually by the American Political Science Association in recognition of the best book on government, politics, or international affairs published in the U.S. in the previous calendar year. Before coming to DU, she taught at Wesleyan University, where she received the Carol A. Baker Memorial Prize recognizing excellence in junior faculty teaching and research in 2010. Chenoweth has presented her research all over the world at various academic conferences, government workshops, and international governmental organizations. She is currently an Academic Adviser at the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict and serves as a Board Member of the International Security and Arms Control Section of the American Political Science Association. (Source)
Former Lang Visiting Professor of Issues for Social Change(2007-2009) George Lakey has been a leader in the field of nonviolent social change since the 1960s and has published extensively for both activist and academic readers. He is the founder and executive director of Training for Change, a Philadelphia-based organization internationally known for its leadership in creating and teaching strategies for nonviolent social change. Lakey has worked in the United States with mineworkers, steelworkers, and civil rights leaders, and, internationally, with South African anti-apartheid activists, Cambodian human rights organizers, and many others. Lakey is the author of numerous book chapters, pamphlets, and articles on social change, and his work has been translated into at least six languages. His books include A Manual for Direct Action, Powerful Peacemaking: A Strategy for a Living Revolution, and Grassroots and Nonprofit Leadership: A Guide for Organizations in Changing Times. His teaching includes stints at the University of Pennsylvania, Haverford College, and Temple University. George Lakey is currently a research associate at the Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility and a faculty member in the Peace and Conflict Studies Program at Swarthmore College. (Source)
Jennifer Earl is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Arizona. She taught at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) before joining Arizona. She is Director Emeritus of the Center for Information Technology and Society and Director Emeritus of the Technology and Society PhD Emphasis, both at UCSB. Her research focuses on social movements and the sociology of law, with research emphases on the Internet and social movements, social movement repression, and legal change. She is the recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER Award for research from 2006-2011 on Web activism and is the PI for the lead institution on a new NSF grant focused on social movement organizations. She has published widely, including an MIT Press book entitled Digitally Enabled Social Change, and in major sociological journals such as the American Sociological Review and the Annual Review of Sociology, as well as in respected specialty journals such as Sociological Theory and Mobilization, among others.
Ms. Jennifer Williams is the founder and inspirational leader of "WOZA" (Women of Zimbabwe Arise), one of the most active civil society organizations in protesting government abuses in Zimbabwe. Ms. Williams has suffered arrest, harassment, and physical abuse. By uniting women in Zimbabwe of all races and ethnic backgrounds to advocate for issues directly affecting them, she has brought social, economic and political issues to national attention. Ms. Williams and WOZA lead annual peaceful marches on Valentine's Day and Mother's Day to promote peace and development. These marches have led to the mass arrest of peaceful women who are seen as threatening to the Government of Zimbabwe, but the women remain undeterred. Ms. Williams and the organization she founded have provided an example of courage and leadership by working for change through peaceful and nonviolent means. (Source, Source)
Jessica Beyer's academic work examines political mobilization online. She studies political mobilization arising from non-political, social sites online. Her sites are highly populated (over a million people), anonymized in some way, and social—filled with people who arrived in the space to hang out or share. Beyer finished her Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Washington, Seattle in 2011. She now holds a post-doc in the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington.Her dissertation won the Association of Internet Researcher's first annual Dissertation Award in 2012. (Adapted from http://www.beyergyre.com/jlbeyer/about/).
Lester Kurtz is professor of public sociology at George Mason University, where he teaches peace and conflict studies, comparative sociology of religion, and social theory. He holds a Master’s in Religion from Yale and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Chicago. He is the editor of the Encyclopedia of Violence, Peace and Conflict (Elsevier), co-editor of Nonviolent Social Movements (Blackwell’s), and The Web of Violence (U. of Illinois Press) as well as author of books and articles including Gods in the Global Village (Pine Forge/Sage), The Politics of Heresy (U. of California Press), and The Nuclear Cage (Prentice-Hall). He is currently working on a book on Gandhi and has taught at the University of Texas-Austin, the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, and Tunghai University. He has lectured in Europe, Asia, Africa, and North America and served as chair of the Peace Studies Association and the Peace, War, and Social Conflict Section of the American Sociological Association, which awarded him its Robin Williams Distinguished Career Award.
Lee Smithey serves as Chair of the Peace and Conflict Studies program at Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania. He is an Associate Professor in the college’s Department of Sociology and Anthropology where he studies social conflict and social movements, especially identity conflict and nonviolent conflict methods. He has focused much of his work on conflict transformation in Northern Ireland. His book, Unionists, Loyalists, and Conflict Transformation in Northern Ireland (Oxford University Press), was launched at the Northern Ireland Assembly and won the 2012 Donald Murphy Book Prize for Distinguished First Book from the American Conference for Irish Studies. His a Co-Primary Investigator of the Mural Mapping Project, which studies murals and public art in West Belfast and the Greater Shankill Road area. He has served as Chair of the Peace, War, and Social Conflict section of the American Sociological Association.
Rachel MacNair is a member of Penn Valley Meeting in Kansas City, Mo. She is the author of The Psychology of Peace: An Introduction and Perpetration-Induced Traumatic Stress: The Psychological Consequences of Killing. She edited Working for Peace: A Handbook of Practical Psychology. She is director of the Institute for Integrated Social Analysis, the research arm of the nonprofit organization Consistent Life. She also coaches dissertation students on statistics. She graduated from Earlham College with a bachelor’s degree in Peace and Conflict Studies, and she received a PhD in Psychology and Sociology from University of Missouri at Kansas City. (Source)
Doron Shultziner, Ph.D, was born in Haifa in 1975. He holds a BA in political science and Middle Eastern studies and MA (Summa Cum Laude) in political science, both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His doctoral degree is from the University of Oxford. For two years, he taught courses on Israeli politics and society, and political psychology, at Emory University, where he was a fellow at the Institute for the Study of Modern Israel. He then became a post-doctoral fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem where he also taught on Civil Society and Citizenship. His research interests cover various topics ranging from Israeli politics and society, through comparative democratization, to interdisciplinary approach to politics. (Source, Source)
Jean Leon Boucher, a border educator and former Mechanical Engineer, is a Graduate Research Assistant and PhD Student in Sociology at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Jean also teaches Global Issues as adjunct faculty at Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio.