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.
Dr. Véronique Dudouet is senior researcher and program director at the Berghof Foundation in Berlin. She has been coordinating participatory action research and training activities on ‘resistance and liberation movements in transition’ since 2005. She holds an MA (2001) and PhD (2005) in Conflict Resolution from the Department of Peace Studies, Bradford University, UK, as well as an MPhil in International Relations and Security and a BA in Political Science from the Institute d’Etudes Politiques, Toulouse, France.
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.
Soon after graduating from Ohio Wesleyan University, Mary King went to work for the civil rights movement, first in Atlanta and then Mississippi, 1962–65, serving on the staff of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. Uniquely among the SNCC personnel, she has built her academic specialty on the study of nonviolent civil resistance and is acclaimed a top authority on the subject. Now a professor of peace and conflict studies at the UN-affiliated University for Peace, she is a Distinguished Rothermere American Institute Fellow at the University of Oxford.
Among her many works is Freedom Song: A Personal story of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement, an autobiographical account of her experiences for which she received a Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Book Award. She is also the author of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr: The Power of Nonviolent Action as well as A Quiet Revolution: The First Palestinian Intifada and Nonviolent Resistance. In a collaboration with The New York Times, King wrote a reference volume on the nonviolent revolutions that made democratic transitions in Eastern Europe. Her latest book is Gandhian Nonviolent Struggle and Untouchability in South India: The 1924–25 Vykom Satyagraha and the Mechanisms of Change, just out from Oxford University Press.
King served in the Carter Administration with worldwide oversight for the Peace Corps, and for the domestic VISTA program and other national volunteer service programs.
For her work on the theory and practice of nonviolent action and in peace education, King has been awarded the Jamnalal Bajaj International Prize, the El-Hibri Peace Education Prize, and the James Lawson Award for Nonviolent Achievement. She is the recipient of honorary degrees from her alma mater Ohio Wesleyan University and Aberystwyth University, in Wales, United Kingdom, where she did her doctoral work in international politics.
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 of 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. He is also the author of a forthcoming book, Merdeka & the Morning Star: Civil Resistance in West Papua.
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.