Michael Evan Loadenthal

Dr. Michael Loadenthal is the Executive Director of the Peace and Justice Studies Association (Georgetown University), the Executive Director of the Prosecution Project, and serves as an Open-Source Intelligence investigator, and social movement trainer focused on security and defense.

Michael has served as a professor of political violence, terrorism, social movements, and sociology at Miami University, Georgetown University, George Mason University, University of Cincinnati, University of Malta's Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies, and Jessup Correctional Institution, a maximum security men's prison in Baltimore county. Michael has served as the Dean's Fellow for George Mason's School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, a Practitioner-In-Residence for Georgetown's Center for Social Justice, and a Research Fellow at Hebrew Union College's Center for the Study of Ethics & Contemporary Moral Problems.

Michael hold a Ph.D in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University, focusing his dissertation on a discursive, linguistic and strategic investigation of clandestine, insurrectionary politics. Michael also holds a master's degree in Terrorism Studies from the Centre for the Study of Terrorism & Political Violence (University of St. Andrews, Scotland), focusing his dissertation on a mixed-method exploration of clandestine direct action and economic sabotage. In 2006, Michael received a dual BA in International Peace & Conflict Resolution, and Women & Gender Studies (American University, Washington, DC).

Michael has published dozens of peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and given more than 200 presentations and workshops worldwide. Michael's research has involved ethnographic studies with North American abortion providers, Jamaican Rastafarians, indigenous Mexican revolutionaries, British eco-terrorists, and Palestinian guerrillas amongst others. His work has involved global ethnographies, quantitative linguistic and discourse studies, large dataset statistical analyses, and action-orientated reflexive analysis.

He has published in a variety of venues including Critical Studies on Terrorism, Perspectives on Terrorism, the Journal of Terrorism Research Journal of Applied Security Research, Global Society, Radical Criminology, Genocide Studies and Prevention, Theory in Action, Journal of Feminist Scholarship, Journal of Critical Animal Studies, and the Journal for the Study of Radicalism, which described his work as "the cutting edge of movement Studies" (2016, 10:2; 5). In addition, Michael serves editorial and directorship roles for several projects including Contention: The Multidisciplinary Journal of Social Protest, Interface: A Journal for and About Social Movements, Journal for the Study of Radicalism and Peace and Conflict Studies Journal.



2011 – 2015

Political Violence, Social Movements

Georage Mason University


2002 – 2006

Bachelor's degree, International Peace and Conflict Resolution

American University


Research Affiliate

Movement Engaged Research Hub, Center for Social Science Research, George Mason University

2021 – Present

Assistant Professor

GCAS College Dublin, Ltd.

2021 – Present

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

UC Center for Cyber Strategy and Policy

2021 – Present

Advisory Board Member

Accelerationism Research Consortium

2021 – Present

Associate Fellow

Global Network on Extremism & Technology

2020 – Present

Research Fellow

GCAS College Dublin, Ltd.

2020 – Present