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About Lester R. Kurtz

Lester Kurtz is professor of sociology at George Mason University, where he teaches public sociology, social movements, civil resistance, conflict, comparative religions, and theory. He holds an M.A.R. from Yale and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, edited the 3-volume Encyclopedia of Violence, Peace and Conflict (Elsevier) and co-edited the 2-volume Women, War and Violence (Praeger, with Mariam Kurtz), Nonviolent Social Movements (Blackwell) and The Web of Violence (U. of Illinois). Other books include Gods in the Global Village (Sage), The Nuclear Cage (Prentice-Hall) and The Politics of Heresy (U. of California), which received the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion’s Distinguished Book Award. Dr. Kurtz is past chair of the Peace & Justice Studies Assoc. and the Peace, War, and Social Conflict Section of the American Sociological Assoc., which awarded him its Distinguished Career Award. He has lectured in Europe, Asia, Africa, and North America and taught at the Univ. of Chicago, Northwestern Univ., Delhi Univ., Tunghai Univ., and the European Peace University. He is on the academic advisory board of the International Center for Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC).


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