ICNC Academic Advisory Committee
ICNC’s Academic Advisory Committee (AAC) is comprised of scholars with whom ICNC has past or presently engaged; who are active in the field of civil resistance–as scholars, practitioners, or both; and who have agreed to serve in a consultative role for ICNC on an as-needed basis.
ICNC also draws on the AAC and other scholars of civil resistance to lead its Academic Council.
The current members of the AAC include:
Janet Cherry, Professor, Development Studies, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
Janet Cherry is a South African human rights activist, trainer and academic. She is currently a professor at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth, in the Department of Development Studies. She is also a trainer for the Center for Applied Nonviolent Action and Strategies (CANVAS) based in Belgrade, Serbia. She has been involved in research for, among others, the Human Sciences Research Council (Democracy and Governance Programme), the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and the International Centre on Human Rights Policy (Geneva).
Tom Hastings, Professor and Coordinator of the Conflict Resolution program at Portland State University
Tom Hastings is a professor of Conflict Resolution at Portland State University and Coordinator of the BA/BS degree programs. He is Director of PeaceVoice, a co-founder of the Portland Peace Team, author of several books focusing on nonviolence and more than 500 other publications, on the Academic Advisory Council of the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict, faculty with the James Lawson Institute, a former Catholic Worker, and a two-time Plowshares resister. He was born in 1950, began his peace and justice activism in 1968, and never stopped. His jail and prison experience informs him, as does his experience as a father to two African American sons, and several years working to defend Anishinabe treaty rights.
Lester Kurtz, Professor of Sociology, George Mason University
Lester Kurtz is a professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at George Mason University, where he teaches nonviolence, social movements, peace and conflict studies, the comparative sociology of religion, globalization, and social theory. Professor Kurtz is also involved in helping to create a new Ph.D. program in Public Sociology.
Jason MacLeod, Instructor of Civil Resistance at the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Sydney
Jason MacLeod is an educator, organiser and researcher. He currently teaches civil resistance at the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Sydney where he is a visiting scholar. He has previously held teaching and/or research positions at The University of Queensland, Sydney University, University of New England, Christian Heritage College and Monash University. His research interests include nonviolent struggles for self-determination, conflict transformation, social movements, community development, community organising, popular education, and politics in Indonesia, West Papua and the Pacific.
Brian Martin, Professor of Social Sciences at the University of Wollongong, Australia
Brian Martin is Emeritus Professor of Social Sciences at the University of Wollongong, Australia. He has been researching nonviolent action since the late 1970s, with a special interest in strategies for social movements and tactics against injustice. He is the author of 20 books and over 200 articles on nonviolence, dissent, scientific controversies, democracy, education, and other topics. He is vice president of Whistleblowers Australia and hosts a large website on suppression of dissent. His recent books include Official Channels (2020), Social Defence (2019, with Jørgen Johansen), The Deceptive Activist (2017), and Nonviolence Unbound (2015).
Victoria Tin-bor Hui, Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame
Victoria Tin-bor Hui is Associate Professor in Political Science at the University of Notre Dame. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University and her B.SSc. from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. As a native from Hong Kong, Hui studies contentious politics and the city's democracy movement. She has testified at Congress, maintained a blog, and written for Foreign Affairs, the Journal of Democracy, Washington Post’s Monkey Cage, The Diplomat, and other channels. Hui’s core research examines the centrality of war in the formation and transformation of “China” in the long span of history.
Stephen Zunes, Professor of Politics and International Studies, University of San Francisco
Dr. Stephen Zunes is a Professor of Politics and International Studies at the University of San Francisco. He serves as an associate editor of Peace Review and a contributing editor of Tikkun, and served for seven years as the first chair of ICNC’s academic advisory committee and co-chair of ICNC’s academic council. He is the author of hundreds of articles for scholarly and general readership on strategic nonviolent action, Middle Eastern and North African politics, U.S. foreign policy, international terrorism, nuclear nonproliferation, and human rights. He is the principal editor of Nonviolent Social Movements (Blackwell Publishers, 1999), the author of Tinderbox: U.S. Middle East Policy and the Roots of Terrorism (Common Courage Press, 2003) and co-author (with Jacob Mundy) of Western Sahara: War, Nationalism and Conflict Irresolution (Syracuse University Press, 2010.) He also authored an ICNC Monograph (2017) entitled Civil Resistance Against Coups: A Comparative and Historical Perspective.