A-to-Z Index

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 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.

Robin Teske is a political science professor at JMU.  She teaches a variety of international affairs courses, including international law, and Peace Studies.  She holds a PhD in foreign affairs and a law degreee, both from the University of Virginia.  Prior to coming to JMU she was a Peace Corps volunteer in the Republic of Korea, and an attorney with a Washington, DC based public interest law center that focused on international human rights law.

Sue E. Spivey is Professor of Justice Studies at JMU. Her research and teaching interests include inequality (particularly gender, race and class) and genocide. She teaches core Justice Studies courses as well as several electives: Genocide in the 20th and 21st Centuries; Gender and Justice; and Social Justice Theories.

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).

Debali Mookerjea-Leonard teaches in the Department of English and the Women’s Studies Program. Her research focuses on questions of colonialism, nationalism, postcolonial identity-formation, and violence relating particularly to the Partition of India in 1947. 

S. Maclean, professor of Western Religous Thought in JMU's Philosophy and Religion Department, has interests in the broad area of relgion and politics. He seeks to examine these interests comparatively and contextually, and holds advanced degrees from South African and American institutions. He has published specifically in the areas of democratization, political forgiveness and reconciliation commissions.



Fletcher Linder is the Director of Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies, and has published on violence prevention, health inequalities, and self development through aesthetics.  He serves on the board of Rebuilding Together Greater Augusta, and leads community service learning projects to help homeowners in need make their homes warm, safe, dry, and accessible.

Rozanne Leppington began her research interests in humor and creativity at art school in England and received a BA with honors in Fine Art and Cinematography, with minors in the History and Philosophy of Science and English Literature. After some years in music and agitprop theatre she was employed as a medical artist in a cancer hospital in London before moving to the U.S.A., where she completed her Masters and Ph.D. in human communication at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, studying systemic family therapy and peacemaking.  Her particular areas of interest now are quantum biology and consciousness, the recovery practices of survivors of trauma and abuse, and the re-construction of conflict into peacemaking. Currently seeking certification in Graphic Life Coaching and Dialogue Facilitation, she continues to enjoy painting, drumming, driving and aikido.

Bob Kolodinsky is Director of the Gilliam Center for Ethical Business Leadership and an Associate Professor in the Management Department and in the School of Leadership Studies at James Madison University.  Bob’s current research interests primarily are in business ethics and ethical leadership, corporate social responsibility and social enterprise, and positive organizational scholarship. His teaching focuses on business ethics, corporate social responsibility, and organizational behavior. He has enjoyed opportunities to teach graduate business students in China and India. Bob is a three-time small business owner and a small business founder.


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.

Michael Gubser is a history professor at JMU.  His current research focuses on ethics in the Central and East European phenomenological tradition and on the history of foreign aid and international development.  He teaches courses in modern European history and international development history.  In addition, he works as an international development consultant.

Matt Ezzell has an undergraduate degree in Women's Studies and has worked full-time in the rape crisis movement as a community educator and crisis advocate for three years. Matt completed a PhD in sociology with an emphasis on feminist theory and the reproduction of and resistance to race, class, and gender inequality. He travels widely speaking on issues related to interpersonal violence, media, and inequality. He is an assistant professor of sociology at JMU. 

Jennifer Coffman is Associate Executive Director of the Office of International Programs and an ISAT faculty member.  She founded and directs JMU’s Kenya Field School and works on a variety of collaborative grant and research projects within Kenya.  She founded and co-directs JMU’s Farm Internship program, which promotes hands-on experiences and exploration of aspects of sustainability on local farms here in the Shenandoah Valley.  Her overarching interests involve political ecology, socio-cultural change, and various understandings of environment and development. 

Edward J. Brantmeier's publications include journal articles, book chapters, and co-edited/authored books on multicultural    and peace education, with a research emphasis on understanding cultural conflict and change.   As a Fulbright Scholar in India in the fall of 2009, Ed guest lectured on multicultural peace education and developed peace education curricula for the Malaviya Center for Peace Research at Banaras Hindu University.  He currently serves as a peace education book series editor for Information Age Publishing. At James Madison University, Ed is a faculty member in the Learning, Technology, and Leadership Education Department of the College of Education and the Assistant Director of the Center for Faculty Innovation.  

Delores Blough received a J.D. from Georgetown University in 1987 and practiced immigration law in Washington, D.C. for over 10 years before moving to Harrisonburg.  She also has over 10 years as a mediator and conflict management trainer in the D.C. public school system and the D.C. Superior Court.  Delores’ role at JMU includes responsibility to provide international faculty and scholars with assistance in their application for appropriate visas and maintenance of their immigration status while at JMU.

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. 

Josh Bacon
contributes experience as Director of the Office of Judicial Affairs at James Madison University, which includes a restorative justice services and programs. Josh is Co-director of College Student Personal Administration Masters program.