Faculty affiliates are members of the James Madison University faculty who participate in projects of the Gandhi Center, conduct independent research, or teach classes on core issues significant to mission of the Center.

Abdel Rabie is a retired  Associate Professor Emeritus of ISAT (Integrated Science and Technology). He received the College of Integrated Science And Technology (CISAT) Service Award (2011) for his volunteered community outreach work, particularly, with refugees and immigrants. Currently, he is centering on addressing the challenges that face the refugees and immigrants , who are  college graduates, highly skilled and/or  professionals,  and hinder them from integrating into  the US workforce. He is a board member on both the HRCSB (Harrisonburg-Rockingham Community Service Board) and the IASV board (Islamic Association of the Shenandoah Valley). He is the IASV Representative on the Assembly of FIA (Faith In Action) which is a coalition of 22 congregations,  in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, working together to seek  justice on issues  of concern in our community.  He is an active member in the HRIFA (The Harrisonburg - Rockingham Inter-Faith  Association.  He is a co-founder/co-organizer of the annual event MVH (The Many Voices of Harrisonburg) which highlights the cultural diversity in the city of Harrisonburg

Besi Brillian Muhonja Associate Professor with specializations in Critical African studies; decolonial and indigenous knowledges; Africana, transnational and subaltern feminisms; queer African studies; and motherhood studies, feminist theory. 

Ken Rutherford, Ph.D., is Director of the Center for International Stabilization and Recovery and Professor of Political Science at James Madison University. He is co-founder of Survivor Corps (formerly Landmine Survivors Network) and is a renowned leader in the Nobel Peace Prize winning coalition that spearheaded the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty and the global movement that led to the 2008 Cluster Munitions Ban Treaty. He has worked for the Peace Corps (Mauritania), UN High Commission for Refugees (Senegal), International Rescue Committee (Kenya and Somalia) and as a Fulbright Professor (Jordan). His latest book, Disarming States: The International Movements to Ban Landmines, was published by Praeger in 2011. He holds a BA and MBA from the University of Colorado (1985 and 1992), and a Ph.D. from Georgetown University (2000).

Smita Mathur Assitant Professor in the Early Elementary and Reading Education Program. Specializes in Teacher effectiveness and preparation among socially, academically, economically, and linguistically vulnerable early childhood educators.

Suraj Jacob teaches in the Justice Studies department at JMU. His research and teaching focus on the intersections of poverty, politics, conflict, and public policy, particularly in India.

Terry Beitzel, Assistant Professor in the Department of Justice Studies, has primary interests in nonviolence, conflict transformation, restorative justice, human rights and responsibilities, and virtue ethics.  At JMU he teaches Justice and the American Experience and various other courses including War and Justice, Nonviolence, Conflict Transformation, and International Conflict Resolution. 

 

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