Milestones on a Journey in Peace and Conflict Studies
Critical Issues in Peace and Conflict Studies: Theory, Practice and Pedagogy
Thomas Matyok, Jessica Senehi and Sean Byrne
This chapter will focus on milestones in my intellectual, academic, and practice journey through my 38 years in Peace and Conflict Studies, and highlight some of the critical “influencers” in my work as a scholar, educator, and active consultant. It begins by describing how I first got interested in the field of Peace and Conflict Studies through involvement in the civil rights and anti- Vietnam war movement, reformulated some of my interests during my dissertation stage at the University of Maryland, and then recast those interests several times through my thirty-seven years at Syracuse University, and this past year as Chair of the largest graduate program in the field at Nova Southeastern University. Throughout the article I will pinpoint and highlight major “influencers,” including key mentors, organizations, continuing education opportunities, and scholarly works in the field. I will conclude with a summary of my most significant insights or lessons. The hope is that this article might inspire others to reflect on their own personal journey and lessons learned.
Arts and Humanities
Katz, Neil. (2011). Milestones on a Journey in Peace and Conflict Studies. In Thomas Matyok, Jessica Senehi and Sean Byrne (Eds.), Critical Issues in Peace and Conflict Studies: Theory, Practice and Pedagogy (371-396).