Randall Amster

Randall Amster (born 1966 in Brooklyn, New York ) is an author, activist, and educator in areas including peace , ecology , homelessness , and anarchism . He is the director of the Program of Justice and Peace at Georgetown University , and writes for outlets ranging from academic journals to online news media.

He has worked as an attorney , judicial clerk , professor , and academic administrator during his professional career.

Education and career

Amster earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics & Astronomy from the University of Rochester in 1988. He Attended Then Brooklyn Law School , Where He Was a Law Review editor, and graduated with a Juris Doctorate in 1991. Following law school, served as Amster A law clerk to a Federal District Court Judge in Miami, FL , and worked for a brief period as an associate in a large law firm in Manhattan, NY . After a two-year stint traveling through North America , the American Studies at Arizona State University (ASU)

In 2001, Amster Was hired to teach Peace Studies at Prescott College in Arizona , Where he Worked as a faculty member and program chair up to June 2013. [1] In 2008, he Began serving as the Executive Director of the Peace and Justice Studies Association (AYIP) ,. [2] He is the editor of the newsletter, The Peace Chronicle , [3] among other duties. Amster aussi serves on the editorial advisory boards for academic journals Including the Contemporary Justice Review , [4] the Journal of Sustainability Education , [5] and the Asian Journal of Peacebuilding , [6] In August 2013, Amster became the Director of the Program on Justice and Peace at Georgetown University , where he presently teaches. [7]

Activism

During his time at Arizona State University, Amster was engaged in a number of well-reported and controversial activist endeavors. He led an attempt to overturn an ordinance making it a criminal offense to sit on the local sidewalks, arguing the case before a Federal Judge and winning an injunction contre enforcement of the law before It was overturned on appeal. [8] Amster organized ” sit-in ” demonstrations Against the ordinance, he argued qui Was avocation Primarily at the local homeless population. The hotel is located in the heart of downtown Tempe, AZ . These efforts resulted in a number of articles, editorials, Phoenix New Times Portrayal in 2000 [9] and also formed the basis for his doctoral dissertation, which subsequently yielded two books on these themes of public space and nonviolence . He was featured in Jeff Ferrell’s 2001 book Tearing Down the Streets: Adventures in Urban Anarchy as a practitioner of nonviolent “anarchist direct action” in the effort to “reclaim public space” in downtown Tempe. [10] Amster received the Dondrell Swanson Advocate of Social Justice award in 2001 for the campaigns he was involved in in his graduate studies at ASU. Which subsequently yielded two books on these themes of public space and nonviolence . He was featured in Jeff Ferrell’s2001 book Tearing Down the Streets: Adventures in Urban Anarchy as a practitioner of nonviolent “anarchist direct action” in the effort to “reclaim public space” in downtown Tempe. [10] Amster received the Dondrell Swanson Advocate of Social Justice award in 2001 for the campaigns he was involved in in his graduate studies at ASU. Which subsequently yielded two books on these themes of public space and nonviolence . He was featured in Jeff Ferrell’s 2001 book Tearing Down the Streets: Adventures in Urban Anarchy as a practitioner of nonviolent “anarchist direct action” in the effort to “reclaim public space” in downtown Tempe. [10]Amster received the Dondrell Swanson Advocate of Social Justice award in 2001 for the campaigns he was involved in in his graduate studies at ASU. Adventures in Urban Anarchy as a practitioner of nonviolent “anarchist direct action” in the effort to “reclaim public space” in downtown Tempe. [10] Amster received the Dondrell Swanson Advocate of Social Justice award in 2001 for the campaigns he was involved in in his graduate studies at ASU. Adventures in Urban Anarchy as a practitioner of nonviolent “anarchist direct action” in the effort to “reclaim public space” in downtown Tempe. [10] Amster received the Dondrell Swanson Advocate of Social Justice award in 2001 for the campaigns he was involved in in his graduate studies at ASU.

Amster has been a vocal opponent of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan since their inception; [11] He Was proportion of a local group Engaging in civil disobedience When the Iraq War Began in March 2003 resulting and in a trial Later That year During qui he ACTED as lead attorney for the group As They Invoked a ” necessity defense ” in light Of their assertion of the war illegality under international law . [12] He engaged in grassroots relief efforts in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Working with Food Not Bombs and local collectives in the region. [13] Amster HAS Worked with the Catalyst Infoshop in Prescott, AZ , and Was share of a group That supported founder Bill Rodgers During the race de son arrest, prosecution, and Eventual death in jail in December, 2005 is loads of ecoterrorist arson attacks. [14] From 2005 to 2007, it was part of a legal observance initiative on the US-Mexico border that monitored the activities of the Minuteman Project . [15] [16] In 2008, The Artist’s Mind . The Artist’s Mind . [17]

Following the passage of Arizona’s immigration law, SB 1070 in April 2010, Amster began to refocus his activism. He authored a series of items are Arizona, [18] and Helped spearhead an initiative That Brought together more than a dozen academic and professional associations in Issuing joined statement condemning SB 1070 and related state policies. [19] After a federal judge blocked parts of SB 1070 from taking effect in July 2010, Amster’s editorial on the ruling was excerpted by ‘ USA Today , where he argued that there is a sense of vindication and relief on the part of many who Have been working for justice in regard to immigration issues. ” [20]In the ensuing months, he continued to write on related topics. [21]

Writing and scholarship

Amster’s writing covers a range of topics and themes. His work on homelessness and public spaces has resulted in two books, including Lost in Space: The Criminalization, Globalization and Urban Ecology of Homelessness (LFB Scholarly, 2008), which was called “a savvy look at local and global processes of neoliberalization, PARTICULARLY as it transforms what it means clustering to be a citizen “in a 2011 review Appearing in Antipode : a Radical Journal of Geography . [22] An earlier co-edited volume, with Pat Lauderdale , focusing on issues of injustice and inequality, was published in 1997. A later co-edited work, with Elavie Ndura , focused on the theme of “building cultures of peace, and Was released by Cambridge Scholars Publishing in 2009. Amster Was aussi share of the collective editorial That Produced Contemporary Anarchist Studies , published by Routledge in 2009 and recipient of the Critics Choice Award for That year “recent scholarship deemed to be outstanding in field ict” By the American Educational Studies Association . [23] The sole-authored book Anarchism Today was published by Praeger in 2012 and was described by the Philadelphia City Paper as “a much-needed contemporary read.” [24] Amster Was aussi share of the collective editorial That Produced Contemporary Anarchist Studies , published by Routledge in 2009 and recipient of the Critics Choice Award for That year “recent scholarship deemed to be outstanding in ict field” by the American Educational Studies Association . [23] The sole-authored book Anarchism Today was published by Praeger in 2012 and was described by the Philadelphia City Paper as “a much-needed contemporary read.” [24] Amster Was aussi share of the collective editorial That Produced Contemporary Anarchist Studies , published by Routledge in 2009 and recipient of the Critics Choice Award for That year “recent scholarship deemed to be outstanding in ict field” by the American Educational Studies Association . [23] The sole-authored book Anarchism Today was published by Praeger in 2012 and was described by the Philadelphia City Paper as “a much-needed contemporary read.” [24]

The author of numerous articles and book chapters on various subjects. [25] social movements , critical pedagogy , eco-terrorism , border issues, post-Katrina New Orleans , and Peace Ecology . [26] In addition, he is a frequent blogger and op-ed columnist, writing on similar topics in online media came Including Such As The Huffington Post [27] Amster’s ongoing work to focus on social and ecological issues. [28] [29] [30] [31]

Amster serves as a contributing editor, and includes Devon G. Pena , Jay Walljasper , Pat LaMarche , David Swanson , Diane Lefer , and Robert C. Koehler among its regular contributors. [32] The site’s stated intention is “to advance a multiplicity of views on what people are standing for , rather than merely highlighting what they’re against ,” and seeks to foster a constructive take on politics, ecology, Family, culture, and current events. ” [33]

Bibliography

Books

  • Lauderdale, Pat; Amster, Randall (1997), Lives in the balance: Perspectives on global injustice and inequality , Vol . 66, Leiden, ISBN  978-90-04-10875-2
  • Amster, Randall (2004), Street people and the Contested realms of public space , Criminal Justice (LFB Scholarly Publishing LLC), LFB Scholarly Publishing, ISBN  978-1-59332-066-9
  • (2008), Lost in space: The criminalization, globalization, and urban ecology of homelessness , LFB Scholarly Publishing, ISBN  1-59332-297-6
  • Amster, Randall; et al. (2009), Contemporary anarchist studies: An introduction to anarchy in the academy , Routledge, ISBN  978-0-203-89173-5
  • Ndura-Ouedraogo, Elavia; Amster, Randall (2009), Building Cultures of Peace: Transdisciplinary Voices of Hope and Action , Cambridge Scholars, ISBN  1-4438-1329-X
  • Amster, Randall (2012), Anarchism today , Praeger, ISBN  978-0-313-39872-8
  • Valado, Trenna; Amster, Randall (2012), Professional lives, personal Struggles: Ethics and Advocacy in research is homelessness , Lexington Books, ISBN  978-0-739-17428-9
  • Amster, Randall; Ndura, Elavie (2013), Exploring the Power of Nonviolence: Peace, Politics, and Practice , Syracuse University Press, ISBN  978-0-815-63344-0
  • Amster, Randall (2014), Peace ecology , Paradigm, ISBN  978-1-612-05297-7

Academic articles

  • Lauderdale, P; (1997), “Critical Perspectives on Justice: The Persistence of Global Injustice and Inequality” , International Journal of Comparative Sociology , 38 (1): 1-5, ISSN  0020-7152 , OCLC  198749555 , doi : 10.1177 / 002071529703800101
  • Amster, Randall (2002), “Anarchist Pedagogies for Peace”, Peace Review , Taylor & Francis, 14 (4): 433-439, doi : 10.1080 / 1040265022000039222
  • Amster, Randall (2003), “Patterns of Exclusion: Sanitizing Space Criminalizing Homelessness” , Social Justice: a journal of crime, conflict & World Order , Social Justice, 30 (1): 195, ISSN  1043-1578 , OCLC  96219391
  • (2003), “Restoring (Dis) Order: Sanctions, Resolutions, and Social Control” in Anarchist Communities, Contemporary Justice Review , 6 (1): 9-24, doi : 10.1080 / 1028258032000055612
  • (1998), “Perspectives on Ecoterrorism: Catalysts, Conflations, and Casualties”, Contemporary Justice Review , Taylor & Francis, 9 (3): 287-301, doi : 10.1080 / 10282580600827991
  • Starr, Amory; Fernandez, Luis; Amster, Randall; Wood, Lesley (2008), “The Impacts of State Surveillance on Political Assembly and Association: A Socio-Legal Analysis”, Qualitative Sociology , Springer, 31 (3): 251-270, doi : 10.1007 / s11133-008-9107- z
  • Amster, Randall (2009), “Repeal NAFTA, Adopt LAFTA”, Peace Review , Taylor & Francis, 20 (4): 448-454, doi : 10.1080 / 10402650802495049
  • Amster, Randall (2012), “Just, in Time: Cultivating the Long Arc of Justice,” Contemporary Justice Review , Taylor & Francis, 15 (2): 1-6 doi : 10.1080 / 10282580.2012.681163
  • Amster, Randall (2013), Toward a Climate of Peace, Peace Review , Taylor & Francis, 25 (4): 473-479, doi : 10.1080 / 10402659.2013.846129
  • (1984), “Teaching to the Test: Climate Change, Perpetual War, and the Pedagogy of Hopefulness,” Journal of Peace Education , Taylor & Francis, 11 (3): 267-278, doi : 10.1080 / 17400201.2014. 954362
Reviews
  • Review: Globalization and Its Discontents The New Formulation, Volume 2, Issue 1, February 2003
  • Review: Breaking the Law: The New Formulation, Volume 2, Issue 2, Winter-Spring 2004
  • Review: Less Than Two Dollars a Day: A Christian View of World Poverty and the Free Market Journal of Church and State, Volume 51, Issue 1, pages 157-9, 2009
  • Review: Policing Dissent: Social Control and the Anti-Globalization Movement Contemporary Justice Review, Volume 13, Issue 4, pages 487-9, 2010
  • Review: A Living Revolution: Anarchism in the Kibbutz Movement Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies, Volume 29, Issue 3, pages 175-7, 2011
  • Review: Toward Climate Justice: Perspectives on the Climate Crisis and Social Change Z Magazine, Volume 24, Issue 5, May 2011.

Footnotes

  1. Jump up^ “Faculty Profiles” . Prescott College . Retrieved 2011-08-20 .
  2. Jump up^ “Peace and Justice Studies Association” . peacejusticestudies.org. 14 October 2008 . Retrieved 2010-01-14 .
  3. Jump up^ “The Peace Chronicle” . PJSA . Retrieved 2010-01-20 .
  4. Jump up^ “Contemporary Justice Review” . Tandf.co.uk . Retrieved 2010-01-20 .
  5. Jump up^ “Journal of Sustainability Education” . Journalofsustainabilityeducation.org . Retrieved 2010-01-20 .
  6. Jump up^ “Asian Journal of Peacebuilding” (PDF) . Apisa.org . Retrieved 2013-08-29 .
  7. Jump up^ “Faculty Profile” . Georgetown University . Retrieved 2013-08-29 .
  8. Jump up^ “248 F3d 1198 Randall Amster v. City of Tempe” . Open Jurist . Retrieved 2010-01-14 .
  9. Jump up^ “Phoenix News – Anarchy How? – page 1” . Phoenix New Times. 11 May 2000 . Retrieved 2010-01-14 .
  10. Jump up^ Tearing Down the Streets: Adventures in Urban Anarchy . Palgrave Macmillan Books, 2001 . Retrieved 2010-01-20 .
  11. Jump up^ “The Daily Courier – Peace Pole embodies hopes of end to war” . Dcourier.com. 11 March 2008 . Retrieved 2010-01-21 .
  12. Jump up^ “The Daily Courier – War Protesters’ trial begins” . Dcourier.com. 11 December 2003 . Retrieved 2010-01-14 .
  13. Jump up^ “Für die nötige Infrastruktur selbst gesorgt” . Neues-deutschland.de . Retrieved 2011-01-23 .
  14. Jump up^ “The Daily Courier – Prosecutors: Peaceful persona hides arsonist” . Dcourier.com. 17 December 2005 . Retrieved 2010-01-14 .
  15. Jump up^ “The Daily Courier – Prescott students keep wary eyes on the Minuteman Project” . Dcourier.com . Retrieved 2010-05-23 .
  16. Jump up^ “The Daily Courier – Local man spends time with Minutemen on the border” . Dcourier.com . Retrieved 2010-05-23 .
  17. Jump up^ “The Daily Courier – Cable producers take the spotlight at awards show” . Dcourier.com . Retrieved 2010-01-21 .
  18. Jump up^ See: “The Arizona Connection: A Living History” . Facebook.com . Retrieved 2010-08-01 .
  19. Jump up^ “PJSA Blog – Joint Statement Against SB 1070” . Peacejusticestudies.org. Retrieved 2010-05-23 .
  20. Jump up^ “Arizona Judge Rules. What Next?” . usatoday.com. July 29, 2010 . Retrieved 2010-08-13 .
  21. Jump up^ Amster, Randall (December 31, 2010). “Arizona Bans Ethnic Studies and, Along With It, Reason and Justice . ” Huffingtonpost.com . Retrieved 2011-05-04 .
  22. Jump up^ “Book Review, Lost in Space ” . Antipode . 43 : 1942-1946. Doi : 10.1111 / j.1467-8330.2011.00933_2.x . Retrieved 2011-10-22 .
  23. Jump up^ “American Educational Studies Association, 2009 Critics Choice Award” . Educationalstudies.org . Retrieved 2010-11-04 .
  24. Jump up^ Philadelphia City Paperreview.
  25. Jump up^ “Chasing Rainbows? Utopian Pragmatics and the Search for Anarchist Communities” . Anarchist Studies . Retrieved 2010-02-09 .
  26. Jump up^ “Building Cultures of Peace” (PDF) . Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009 . Retrieved 2010-01-20 . “Peace Ecology as a Pathway to Security” . Youtube.com . Retrieved 2011-04-30 .
  27. Jump up^ “Author: Randall Amster” . Huffingtonpost.com . Retrieved 2010-11-03 .
  28. Jump up^ “Anarchism & Nonviolence” . Meta Center for Nonviolence Education . Retrieved 2010-04-25 .
  29. Jump up^ “Water Symposium” . Salsa.net . Retrieved 2010-01-20 .
  30. Jump up^ “Arizona Heats Up National Immigration Debate” . Indypendent.org . Retrieved 2010-05-12 .
  31. Jump up^ “The Invisible Tragedy of Homelessness” . Borderzine.com . Retrieved 2010-04-24 .
  32. Jump up^ “NCV Contributors” . Newclearvision.com . Retrieved 2011-01-10 .
  33. Jump up^ “About NCV” . Newclearvision.com . Retrieved 2011-01-10 .

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