Peace and Justice Studies Association

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The Peace and Justice Studies Association (PJSA) is a non-profit organization headquartered at Prescott College and based in Prescott, Arizona; its current Executive Director is Randall Amster.[1] It was formed in 2001 as a result of a merger of the Consortium on Peace Research, Education and Development (COPRED) and the Peace Studies Association (PSA).[2] Both organizations provided leadership in the broadly defined fields of peace, conflict and justice studies.

The PJSA is dedicated to bringing together academics, K-12 teachers and grassroots activists to explore alternatives to violence and to share visions and strategies for peacebuilding, social justice, and social change. It also serves as a professional association for scholars in the field of peace and conflict resolution studies.[3] It is the North American regional affiliate of the International Peace Research Association (IPRA).[4]


The PJSA works to create a just and peaceful world through:

  1. The promotion of peace studies within universities, colleges and K-12 grade levels
  2. The forging of alliances among educators, students, activists, and other peace practitioners in order to enhance each other's work on peace, conflict and non-violence
  3. The creation and nurturing of alternatives to structures of inequality and injustice, war and violence through education, research and action.


PJSA members share many of the following values and beliefs:

  1. Active nonviolence as a positive force for social change
  2. Critical analysis of institutions and social structures
  3. Societal transformation toward justice
  4. Equitable sharing of world resources
  5. Lifelong education: community-based and service learning
  6. Innovative and effective pedagogy
  7. Liberatory use of technology and media research in support of community needs
  8. Effective networks and alliances

Resources and conferences[edit]

In addition to other professional services, the PJSA publishes a regular newsletter, The Peace Chronicle,[5] maintains a member network and listserv, publishes the Global Directory of Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution Programs, offers a Speakers' Bureau of experts in the field, and hosts a blog for peace and justice writings. The organization has members from around the world, with a preponderance from the United States and Canada. The PJSA hosts an annual conference focusing on issues pertinent to the association's mission and values, including the following themes and locations since the inception of the PJSA in 2001:


The PJSA has a number of partnership and affiliation agreements with organizations sharing its overarching mission and values. Included in these partnership arrangements are educational associations such as Brethren Colleges Abroad (BCA), the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs (HECUA),[10] and the Center for Global Education at Augsburg College. The PJSA also works closely with the media organization PeaceVoice, which facilitates the publication of articles and essays by peace professionals.


  1. ^ "Politician the loneliest job in the world". The Daily Courier. February 13, 2011. 
  2. ^ Toral, Pablo (2011). "Rethinking the Doctorate from a Liberal Arts College". Higher Education and Human Capital: Re/thinking the Doctorate in America. Springer. p. 195. ISBN 9460914187. 
  3. ^ Micucci, Dana (October 14, 2008). "Peace studies take off". The New York Times. 
  4. ^ Rank, Carol (2006). "The Development of Peace Studies in the United States". Peace Studies in the Chinese Century: International Perspectives. Ashgate Publishing. p. 120. ISBN 978-0-7546-4794-2. 
  5. ^ Billings, Katie (May 23, 2005). "Resources for Teaching Peace". Yes! Magazine. 
  6. ^ "Peace and Justice Studies Association - Annual Conference: Who Speaks for the Common Good?". Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies. August 1, 2006. 
  7. ^ Gentile, Marie (October 13, 2009). "National peace convention hosted on campus". The Marquette Tribune. 
  8. ^ Vinthagen, Stellan (April 5, 2011). "COP: A Living Movement: Toward a World of Peace, Solidarity, and Justice". Resistance Studies Network. 
  9. ^ "Laurier to host Peace and Justice Studies Conference in October". Wilfrid Laurier University. February 21, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Peace and Justice Studies Association". HECUA. Retrieved 23 August 2013. 

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