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

He has taught courses on political violence, terrorism, social movements 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 thesis was 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 from 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).

In the past 9 years Michael has published more than 20 peer-reviewed journal articles, 16 book chapters, and given more than 150 presentations and workshops worldwide. Michael’s research focuses on political violence, social movements, terrorism, policing and discourse, and has involved ethnographic research with North American abortion providers, Jamaican Rastafarians, indigenous Mexican revolutionaries, British eco-terrorists, and Palestinian guerrillas. His work has involved global ethnographies, quantitative linguistic and discourse studies, large dataset statistical analyses, and action-orientated reflexive analysis.

Michael’s writing has been published in a variety of venues including Critical Studies on Terrorism, Perspectives on Terrorism, the Journal of Terrorism Research (renamed Contemporary Voices: St Andrews Journal of International Relations), Journal of Applied Security Research, Fletcher Security Review, Radical Criminology, Genocide Studies and Prevention, Theory in Action, Journal of Feminist Scholarship, Journal of Critical Animal Studies, Juniata Voices, Glocalism, Anarchist Developments in Cultural Studies,  and the Journal for the Study of Radicalism, which described his work as “the cutting edge of movement Studies” (2016, 10:2; 5). In addition, Michael serves editorial and directorship roles for several projects including Contention: The Multidisciplinary Journal of Social Protest, Interface: A Journal for and About Social Movements, the Journal for the Study of Radicalism, and Peace and Conflict Studies Journal.

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 four 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 LOADENM@MiamiOH.edu or Loadenthal@protonmail.com or by shouting really loud from a high place.

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  1. […] Communiqués and Insurrectionary Violence” (Contemporary Anarchist Studies MUP Series) by Michael Loadenthal. A book, published on August 30, […]



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