Minds of the Movement

An ICNC blog on the people and power of civil resistance

Lester R. Kurtz

Lester R. Kurtz is professor of public sociology at George Mason University Korea, where he teaches peace and conflict studies, comparative sociology of religion, and social theory. He holds a Master’s in Religion from Yale and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Chicago. He has lectured in Europe, Asia, Africa, and North America and served as chair of the Peace Studies Association and the Peace, War, and Social Conflict Section of the American Sociological Association, which awarded him its Robin Williams Distinguished Career Award. He is a Distinguished Research Fellow at the Institute of Nanjing Massacre History and International Peace and an ICNC Academic Advisor.