Dr. Stephen Zunes is a Professor of Politics and International Studies at the University of San Francisco, where he chairs the program in Middle Eastern Studies. A native of North Carolina, Professor Zunes received his PhD. from Cornell University, his M.A. from Temple University and his B.A. from Oberlin College. He has previously served on the faculty of Ithaca College, the University of Puget Sound, and Whitman College. He serves as a senior policy analyst for the Foreign Policy in Focus project of the Institute for Policy Studies, an associate editor of Peace Review, and co-chair of the academic advisory committee for the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict.
Cynthia Boaz is assistant professor of political science at Sonoma State University where her areas of expertise include political development and quality of democracy, nonviolent conflict and nonviolent struggle, and political communication with an emphasis on media coverage of war. Her work has appeared in numerous academic journals including Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice, Feminist Media Studies, Comparative Political Studies, and Sojourners Magazine. She has also contributed chapters to several books on nonviolent action and social movements.
Roddy Brett is Lecturer in the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies in the School of International Relations at the University of St Andrews. His research focuses on the role of civil resistance in peacebuilding and democratisation in Latin America, indigenous peoples, genocide and mass atrocities and human rights issues..
Anne-Marie Codur obtained her Ph.D. in Economics and Sustainable Development from Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris and was a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University and a research fellow at the Tufts University Global Development and Environment Institute. She has expertise in citizen diplomacy, people-to-people peace initiatives, and civil resistance -- notably in the Middle East and Mediterranean region -- as well as in sustainable development policies and environmental economics.
Barry Gan has been a professor at St. Bonaventure University for the past 23 years after receiving his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Philosophy from the University of Rochester in 1981 and 1984, respectively. Prior to teaching at St. Bonaventure, Dr. Gan taught high school and junior high school English for six years.
Jason MacLeod, PhD, is conducting research on the viability of nonviolent strategies and tactics to enlarge the prospects of the self-determination in West Papua. He teaches civil resistance at the School of Political Science and International Studies at the University if Queensland and in the master's course on nonviolent action at Sydney University. He taught community development at Monash University, the University of New England, and Christian Heritage College. He is author of several articles and book chapters on West Papua and nonviolent struggle.
Scott O’Bryan is an affiliate member of the Institute for International Strategy, School of Liberal International Affairs at Waseda University Tokyo, Japan. His research interests include the history of social science, consumption and mass consumer culture, environmental history, urban history, and peace history. O’Bryan received his M.A from Yale University in 1992 and Ph.D. from Columbia University in 2002.
Chaiwat Satha-Anand was born in Bangkok, Thailand in 1955. He holds a PhD in political science from University of Hawaii at Manoa, professor of political science at Thammasat University, Bangkok and director of the Thai Peace Information Centre which conducts studies and activism in relation to the Thai military and social issues. Satha-Anand is an expert on non-violence, theory as well as activism, and on Islam. He has published numerous articles and book chapters on the military, alternative defence, religion and peace, Islam and nonviolence, and modern political philosophy. For several years he directed the International Peace Research Association's (IPRA) commission on non-violence and he serves at the Scientific Committee of the International University for Peoples' Initiative for Peace, IUPIP, in Rovereto Italy.
Kurt Schock engages in research that seeks to understand how civil resistance movements challenge state domination and economic exploitation. He has studied pro-democracy movements in authoritarian regimes and land reform movements in the global south that engage in collective action to promote a more equitable distribution of land and resources. His publications are numerous including journal articles and book chapters on social movements, nonviolent resistance, and political conflict.