Playing catch up: syllabi, articles & even (my first) book!

I am so very behind in keeping this blog current and for that I have my regrets. When I set it up I imagined it as a play-by-play of my work, updated as often as I published, but as I have learned, the clock never stops to allow us to take stock of what we’ve … Continue reading

Summer Lovin’ [why ‘time off’ is never ‘time off’]

So it’s officially the summer, and while some may assume that this grants us in the academic trenches some relief, I’d beg to differ. For me, the summer means not having to commute to Miami University, but I am still designing and teaching for Georgetown University’s Intersections program, and catching up on the many, many projects … Continue reading

[New Syllabi]: “Social/Political Activism” & “Terrorism” @ Miami University

With a very successful first semester behind me at Miami University, we’re now entering week two of my second term at the ‘Harvard of the Midwest’ as it’s locally known. I have really enjoyed my time teaching at MU so far. The students are eager and engaged, my colleagues welcoming and warm, and the facilities are … Continue reading

[New video] Two talks at the Peace & Justice Studies Association conference

It has been a little over two months since I returned from the picturesque hideaway of Neslon, BC, the site of the 2016 Peace and Justice Studies Association conference. While it was my first conference as the Executive Director of PJSA, we got off to a running start. Besides the usual tasks that fall upon … Continue reading

[New publication] Activism, Terrorism, and Social Movements: The “Green Scare” as Monarchical Power

I am happy to report that another one of my articles has made its way to the great wide world. Though this was originally written a few years back, re-editing it for publication allowed me to make a whole host of new connections between the Green Scare, and the more current wave of right-wing violence … Continue reading

[New publication] Interpreting Insurrectionary Corpora: Qualitative-Quantitative Analysis of Clandestine Communiqués

It is with great pleasure that I can announce the release of a new journal article. This article appears in the Journal for the Study of Radicalism, and I am happy to say constitutes the first ‘in print’ piece from my doctoral research project.   Interpreting Insurrectionary Corpora: Qualitative-Quantitative Analysis of Clandestine Communiqués   Anyone … Continue reading

[New Syllabi]: 3 courses in sociology & social justice

As I mentioned in a post 2 months back I have recently been hired to begin two new jobs, both of which I am beyond excited to begin! While my work as the Executive Director of the Peace and Justice Studies Association will get into full swing in August, I have spent the past few … Continue reading

Updates from a manic writer

For a great many of us who work on an academic calendar, this week tastes especially sweet. For me, it means that my work load goes from heavy to light as students depart campuses and the year winds down. For those outside of the September-May work cycle, this may not be immediately apparent, but those … Continue reading

[New syllabus] Reflective Practice in Conflict Resolution

Recently I had the opportunity to spend 3 weeks in Malta teaching a course in reflective practice as it relates to conflict analysis and resolution. While an honest Michael would have to admit a bit of hesitation and pessimism going into the topic, after spending the last 2 months reading, designing, teaching and evaluating the … Continue reading

[New publication] Like finding a needle in a pile of needles: Political violence and the perils of a brave new digital world

For the second year I a row I was able to partner with the great folks at the journal Critical Studies on Terrorism and publish an issue of the journal featuring articles researched and written by my students at Georgetown. My JUPS-402 class, which I taught in various forms at Georgetown the past 5 springs (2011, 2012, … Continue reading

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