Commencing in the fall of 2013, the JUPS program has established a connection with the Peace and Justice Studies Association (PJSA). The Director of JUPS, Dr. Randall Amster, is also the Executive Director of the PJSA (since 2008), and serves as a liaison between JUPS and the PJSA at Georgetown University.
The PJSA is a leading professional organization in the field, bringing together scholars, educators, activists, and practitioners to explore cutting-edge issues, develop best practices, and cultivate collegial networks. The PJSA is the North American affiliate of the International Peace Research Association (IPRA), formed in 2002 as the result of a merger between the Peace Studies Association (PSA) and the Committee on Peace Research and Education (COPRED). The PJSA publishes a newsletter three times a year (“The Peace Chronicle”), partners with the academic journal Peace & Change, holds annual conferences at venues across North America (with every third year in Canada), hosts a Speakers Bureau of talented lecturers and facilitators, and maintains a Global Directory of peace and justice programs worldwide, among its many ongoing initiatives.
The benefits of a JUPS-PJSA connection include: the PJSA establishing its base of operations at Georgetown, students having direct access to a vast network of colleagues in peace and justice studies, workstudy opportunities in publications and conference organizing, regular access to post-graduate educational and employment announcements, the prospect of JUPS co-hosting an upcoming PJSA conference, and in general an elevated profile for JUPS and the excellent work done by our students!