Peace and Justice Studies Association

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The Peace and Justice Studies Association (PJSA) is a non-profit organization presently headquartered at Georgetown University since 2013 and based in Washington, DC; its current Executive Director is Randall Amster. The PJSA 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).[1] Both organizations focused on 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.[2] It is the North American regional affiliate of the International Peace Research Association (IPRA).[3]


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.

Resources and conferences[edit]

The PJSA publishes a newsletter, The Peace Chronicle,[4] 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 hosts an annual conference 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 the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs (HECUA).[9]


  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ Micucci, Dana (October 14, 2008). "Peace studies take off". The New York Times. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ Billings, Katie (May 23, 2005). "Resources for Teaching Peace". Yes! Magazine. 
  5. ^ "Peace and Justice Studies Association - Annual Conference: Who Speaks for the Common Good?". Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies. August 1, 2006. 
  6. ^ Gentile, Marie (October 13, 2009). "National peace convention hosted on campus". The Marquette Tribune. 
  7. ^ Vinthagen, Stellan (April 5, 2011). "COP: A Living Movement: Toward a World of Peace, Solidarity, and Justice". Resistance Studies Network. 
  8. ^ "Laurier to host Peace and Justice Studies Conference in October". Wilfrid Laurier University. February 21, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Peace and Justice Studies Association". HECUA. Retrieved 23 August 2013. 

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