Dr. Terry Beitzel is the director of the Mahatma Gandhi Center for Global Nonviolence, and teaches Global Policy (Track B) courses primarily on conflict resolution, war, and revolutions.  He also teaches Justice and American Society (JUST 225).  His research interests include nonviolence, nonviolent revolutions, conflict theory, peacebuilding, restorative justice, and international human rights.  Beitzel studied conflict resolution at George Mason University and history of science at Harvard University.

Dr. Gianluca DeFazio joined the Department of Justice Studies in the Fall of 2014 as an Assistant Professor. He received his PhD in Sociology from Emory University in 2013.  He currently teaches courses in the Track B (Global Justice) on Social Movements, Terrorism, as well as Race, Class and Justice (JUST 328). His research interests include the use of political violence by social movements, the civil rights movement in Northern Ireland and, more generally, ethnic and racial conflicts.

Dr. Glenn Hastedt is professor and chair of the Justice Studies Department.  He received his PhD from Indiana University.  Prior to help establish the Justice Studies Department he was professor and chair of the Political Science department at JMU.  He teaches JUST 235 (Justice in the Global Community) and JUST 377 (Global Futures) in the department as well as the U.S. foreign policy course for political science.  His publications include American Foreign Policy:  Past, Present and Future, 9th ed (Pearson, 2012), and numerous articles on intelligence in Intelligence and National Security and the International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence as well as chapters in such books as Intelligence Theory (Rutledge, 2009); the Oxford Handbook of National Security Intelligence (Oxford, 2010); U.S. Foreign Policy Today:  American Renewal? (CQ Press, 2012).  He has also co edited volumes on American foreign policy and intelligence policy.  He is a former co-editor of the journal White House Studies.

Dr. Tara Parsons is an Assistant Professor in the Justice Studies department teaching primarily in the Global Justice Track.  Her courses include the Track B foundation course JUST 235: Justice in a Global Community as well as courses on Human Rights, Democratization, and Indigenous Justice. She is a Political Scientist by training and her research interests include the formation of indigenous political parties in Latin America and the quality of representation provided by these parties to their constituents. She also has research interests in the scholarship of teaching.

Dr. Case Watkins is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Justice Studies. He teaches primarily in the Global and Social Justice Tracks, offering courses in environmental justice, mapping, global migration, and long-term political and environmental change. Dr. Watkins received a PhD in Geography and Anthropology from Louisiana State University where he studied cultural-historical geographies and human-environment interaction. As a geographer and political ecologist, Dr. Watkins researches how political and economic power shape environmental issues and changes. Drawing on fieldwork in New Orleans and Northeast Brazil, his previous and ongoing projects have examined urban socio-spatial patterns as they relate to disaster; transnational migration, identity, and citizenship; colonial landscape transformations; agrarian, development, and environmental politics; and agro-ecological change in the African diaspora. 

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