This book explores the interdisciplinary arena of peace studies and shows how the field has evolved and continues to grow and change. Dedicated to bringing students face to face with the grave injustices and violence in the contemporary world, it equips them with the tools to work for transformational change. Informed by an intersectional perspective, scholar-activist authors probe contested terrain, including teaching social justice from a place of privilege, decolonializing pedagogies, and community organizing. Games and simulations, storytelling, experiential integrated learning, and other pedagogical approaches are employed to encourage critical thinking, empathy, optimism, and activism.

chapter |8 pages


ByMargaret Groarke, Emily Welty

part I|2 pages

Intersectional Identities and Peace and Justice Studies

chapter 1|17 pages

Creative Discomfort

Dilemmas of Teaching Toward Social Justice
ByJoy A. Meeker

chapter 2|14 pages

The Tyranny of Good Intentions

Critical Reflexivity and Peace and Justice Pedagogy
ByEmily Welty

chapter 3|15 pages

Queer Possibilities in Peace and Justice Studies

ByGeoffrey W. Bateman

part II|2 pages

Experiential Learning in Peace and Justice Studies

chapter 4|14 pages

Teaching Peace – Experientially

ByEdmund Pries

chapter 5|14 pages

Simulating Reality

A Necessary Path to Critical Thinking and Perspectives Among Students
ByAmal I. Khoury

chapter 6|11 pages

Learning Justice in the Streets

Community Organizing and Peace and Justice Studies
ByMargaret Groarke

part III|2 pages

The Power of Story in the Peace and Justice Studies Classroom

chapter 7|9 pages

If These are Our Values, then What is Our Practice?

#BlackLivesMatter and an American Apocalypse
ByG. Michelle Collins-Sibley

chapter 8|9 pages

Storytelling as Peace Pedagogy in Higher Education

ByAmanda Smith Byron

chapter 9|12 pages

Toward a Pedagogy of Radical Love

ByKaren Lynn Ridd

part IV|2 pages

Pedagogies of Hope and Resistance

chapter 10|15 pages

Hope and Critical Thinking

The Challenges and Opportunities of Peace Education
ByRandy Janzen

chapter 11|17 pages

The Peace Professor

Decolonial, Feminist, and Queer Futurities
BySara Shroff

chapter 12|6 pages

An Irritant in the Academic Body

The Place of Peace and Justice Studies in the Modern University
ByMark Lance

chapter |5 pages


ByEmily Welty