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Dr. Michael Loadenthal is a Visiting Professor of Sociology and Social Justice at Miami University (Oxford, Ohio), and the Executive Director of the Peace and Justice Studies Association.

He has taught courses on political violence, terrorism, and sociology at Georgetown University, George Mason University, University of Cincinnati, University of Malta’s Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies, and Jessup Correctional Institution, a maximum-security men’s prison in Baltimore County. Michael has served as the Dean’s Fellow (2011-2015) for George Mason’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, a Practitioner-In-Residence (2015-2016) for Georgetown’s Center for Social Justice, and a Research Fellow (2014-2017) at Hebrew Union College’s Center for the Study of Ethics & Contemporary Moral Problems.

Michael holds a Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University, focusing his dissertation on a discursive, linguistic and strategic investigation of clandestine, insurrectionary politics. This project is based around developing an anti-securitization framework for understanding the communicative power of the communique. The project is published by Manchester University Press’ series on Contemporary Anarchist Studies under the title The Politics of Attacks: Communiques and Insurrectionary Violence. Michael also holds a master’s degree in Terrorism Studies at the Centre for the Study of Terrorism & Political Violence (University of St. Andrews, Scotland) focusing his dissertation on a mixed-method exploration of clandestine direct action and economic sabotage. In 2006, Michael received a dual BA in International Peace and Conflict Resolution, and Women and Gender Studies  (American University, Washington, DC).

Michael’s research focuses on political violence, social movements, terrorism, and discourse and has involved ethnographic research with North American abortion providers, Jamaican Rastafarians, indigenous Mexican revolutionaries, transnational saboteurs, European “eco-terrorists”, and Palestinian guerrillas. His work has been published in a variety of venues including journals such as Critical Studies on Terrorism, Journal for the Study of RadicalismPerspectives on Terrorism, the Journal of Applied Security Research, Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change, Anarchist Developments in Cultural Studies, Journal of Critical Animal Studies, Theory in Action, Journal of Feminist ScholarshipRadical CriminologyGlocalism, and the Journal of Terrorism Research.  In addition, Michael serves editorial and directorship roles for several projects including Contention: The Multidisciplinary Journal of Social Protest, Peace and Conflict Studies JournalInterface: A Journal for and About Social Movements,  the Transformative Studies Institute’s Theory in Action journal, and Affinities: A Journal of Radical Theory, Culture and Action.  He is a founding member and editorial advisor to the Journal of Terrorism Research and is a senior editor with Arissa Media Group‘s Earth Liberation and Environmental Justice book series.

Prior to deciding to pursue post-secondary education and entering into the academic writing game, Michael wrote articles, essays, news, propaganda, calls to action and bits of theory for movement publications.  Pieces of various lengths have been published in a variety of inter-movement magazines including Anarcho-Syndicalist Review, Anarchy: A Journal of Desire Armed, The Defenestrator, Earth First! Journal, Fifth Estate, Green Anarchy, Left Turn, Onward Newspaper, Organise! Magazine, SchNEWS and Slingshot!.

Currently, he splits his time between raising three vegan kiddies, researching Statecraft, photographing graffititeaching theory, writing constantly, and agitating for a better world.  He regularly publishes propaganda and political theory under a variety of pseudonyms.

He can be reached at Loadenthal@protonmail.com or by shouting really loud from a high place.

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