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Academic Statement (Return to top)

Randall Amster, J.D., Ph.D., teaches Peace Studies and is the Graduate Chair of Humanities at Prescott College, and also serves as the Executive Director of the Peace & Justice Studies Association. Among his recent books are the sole-authored works Anarchism Today (Praeger/ABC-CLIO, 2012) and  Lost in Space: The Criminalization, Globalization, and Urban Ecology of Homelessness (LFB Scholarly 2008), and the co-edited volumes Professional Lives, Personal Struggles: Ethics and Advocacy in Research on Homelessness (Lexington Books, 2012) and Building Cultures of Peace: Transdisciplinary Voices of Hope and Action (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009). Dr. Amster is a regular contributor to online publications including Truthout,Common Dreams, and the Huffington Post, and he is the founder and editor of the news and commentary website New Clear Vision. As a longtime activist on social justice and environmental issues, he continues to focus his work on promoting a more peaceful world at levels of engagement including self, society, and nature.



Background & Experience

Selected Publications (Return to top)


Valado, Trenna, and Randall Amster (eds.). 2012. Professional Lives, Personal Struggles: Ethics and Advocacy in Research on Homelessness. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Amster, Randall. Anarchism Today. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger/ABC-CLIO.

Ndura-Ouédraogo, Elavie, and Randall Amster (eds.). 2009. Building Cultures of Peace: Transdisciplinary Voices of Hope and Action. United Kingdom: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Amster, Randall, Abraham Deleon, Luis A. Fernandez, Anthony J. Nocella, and Deric Shannon (eds.). 2009. Contemporary Anarchist Studies: An Introductory Anthology of Anarchy in the Academy. New York: Routledge.

Amster, Randall. 2008. Lost in Space: The Criminalization, Globalization, and Urban Ecology of Homelessness. New York: LFB Scholarly.

Amster, Randall. 2004. Street People and the Contested Realms of Public Space. New York: LFB Scholarly.

Lauderdale, Pat, and Randall Amster (eds.). 1997. Lives in the Balance: Perspectives on Global Injustice and Inequality. New York: Brill.


Amster, Randall, and Gabriel Kuhn. 2012. "Occupy Wall Street: USA gegen die Krise?" in W. Wetzel (ed.), Aufstand in den Städten: Krise, Proteste, Strategien, Münster, Germany: Unrast.

Amster, Randall. 2012. "Homelessness as 'Internal Displacement': Scholarship and Activism in Post-Katrina New Orleans," in T. Valado and R. Amster (eds.), Professional Lives, Personal Struggles, Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Amster, Randall. 2012. "Introduction: Rediscovering Homelessness … and Ourselves: Ethical Considerations in the Struggle for Personal and Social Justice," in T. Valado and R. Amster (eds.), Professional Lives, Personal Struggles, Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Amster, Randall, and Margaret Groarke. 2012. "Rating the 44th President on Immigration," in L. Esposito and L. Finley (eds.), Grading the 44th President: A Report Card on Barack Obama’s First Term as a Progressive Leader, Santa Barabara, CA: Praeger.

Amster, Randall. 2009. “Pax Gaia: The Ecology of War, Peace, and How to Get from Here to There,” in E. Ndura-Ouédraogo & R. Amster (eds.), Building Cultures of Peace, 242-57, United Kingdom: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Amster, Randall. 2009. “Anarchy, Utopia, and the State of Things to Come,” in R. Amster, et al. (eds.), Contemporary Anarchist Studies, 290-301, New York: Routledge.

Amster, Randall. 2008. “Perspektiven auf den Okoterrorismus: Verwirrungen, Diskurse und Opfer,” in G. Kuhn (ed.), ‘Neuer Anarchismus’ in den USA: Seattle und die Folgen, 244-69, Germany: Unrast.

Amster, Randall. 2006. “A Thousand Flowers: Pedagogies for Peace and Justice,” in R.D. Johnson (ed.), Teachable Moments: Essays on Experiential Education, 23-34, New York: University Press.

Lauderdale, Pat, and Randall Amster. 2000. “The Horn of Africa: Local Conflict, Global Order,” in P. Lauderdale, et al. (eds.), Crisis and Terror in the Horn of Africa: Autopsy of Democracy, Human Rights, and Freedom, 1-31, New York: Ashgate Press.


Amster, Randall. 2012. "Just, in Time: Cultivating the Long Arc of Justice," Contemporary Justice Review 15(2): 197-202, May. DOI: 10.1080/10282580.2012.681163

Amster, Randall. 2012. "A Sustainable Peace: From Militarized Borders to Transnational Resource Collaboration," Journal of Sustainability Education, March 19 (online).

Canty, Jeanine M., Randall Amster, Carl Anthony, Suzanne Benally, Drew Dellinger, and Belvie Rooks. 2011. "Roundtable: Race, Environment, and Sustainability," Sustainability: The Journal of Record 4(5): 238-41, October (Part One); 4(6): 288-92, December (Part Two).

Amster, Randall, and David Cook. 2010. "Homelessness as Nonviolent Resistance," Journal for the Study of Peace and Conflict, 2009-2010 Annual Edition, pp. 13-23, ISSN 1095-1962.

Amster, Randall. 2008. "Repeal NAFTA, Adopt LAFTA," Peace Review 20(4): 448-54, Oct-Dec.

Starr, Amory, Luis A. Fernandez, Randall Amster, Lesley J. Wood, and Manuel J. Caro. 2008. "The Impacts of State Surveillance on Political Assembly and Association: A Socio-Legal Analysis," Qualitative Sociology 31(3): 251-70.

Amster, Randall. 2006. "Perspectives on Ecoterrorism: Catalysts, Conflations, & Casualties," Contemporary Justice Review 9(3): 287-301, September.

Amster, Randall. 2003. "Patterns of Exclusion: Sanitizing Space, Criminalizing Homelessness," Social Justice 30(1): 195-221, Fall.

Amster, Randall. 2003. "Restoring (Dis)order: Sanctions, Resolutions, and 'Social Control' in Anarchist Communities," Contemporary Justice Review 6(1): 9-24, March.

Amster, Randall. 2002. "Anarchist Pedagogies for Peace," Peace Review 14(4): 433-9, December.

Amster, Randall. 2001. "Chasing Rainbows? Utopian Pragmatics and the Search for Anarchist Communities," Anarchist Studies 9(1): 29-52, March.

Amster, Randall. 1999. "Ethnography at the Margins: Vagabonds, Transients, and the Specter of Resistance," Humboldt Journal of Social Relations 25(1): 121-55, Fall.

Amster, Randall. 1998. "Anarchism as Moral Theory: Praxis, Property, & the Postmodern," Anarchist Studies 6(2): 97-112, October.

Lauderdale, Pat, and Randall Amster. 1997. "Introduction: Critical Perspectives on Justice," International Journal of Comparative Sociology 38(1-2): 1-5.


Amster, Randall. 2011. "Book Review: A Living Revolution: Anarchism in the Kibbutz Movement," Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies 29(3): 175-7, Spring.

Amster, Randall. 2011. "Media Review: Toward Climate Justice: Perspectives on the Climate Crisis and Social Change," Journal of Sustainability Education, March 28 (www.jsedimensions.org).

Amster, Randall. 2010. "Book Review: Policing Dissent: Social Control and the Anti-Globalization Movement," Contemporary Justice Review 13(4): 487-8, December.

Amster, Randall. 2009. "Book Review: Less than Two Dollars a Day: A Christian View of World Poverty and the Free Market," Journal of Church and State 51(1): 157-8.

Amster, Randall. 2004. "Breaking the Law: Anti-Authoritarian Visions of Crime and Justice," The New Formulation: An Anti-Authoritarian Review of Books 2(2), Winter-Spring (www.newformulation.org).

Amster, Randall. 2002. "Globalization and Its Discontents," The New Formulation: An Anti-Authoritarian Review of Books 1(2), June (www.newformulation.org).


Amster, Randall. 2011. "Environmental Peacemaking," Green Culture: An A-to-Z Guide, K. Wehr (ed.), 153-57. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.

Amster, Randall. 2008. "Eco-warriors," Encyclopedia of Social Problems (Volume 2), 303-5. CA: SAGE.

Lauderdale, Pat, and Randall Amster. 1998. "Power and Deviance," Encyclopedia of Violence, Peace, and Conflict. UK: Academic Press.

Presentations (Return to top)


“From Resource Conflict to Sustainable Collaboration,” Distinguished Speaker Series: A Conversation on Nonviolence, Barry University (Miami, FL) (4/12) 

“Radical Empathy: Care of Self, Community, and Environment,” Local to Global Justice Teach-in, Arizona State University (Tempe, AZ) (2/12) 

“The Ecological Sphere of Peace,” National Peace Academy, Peacebuilding Peacemaking Conference, University of Colorado Boulder (Boulder, CO) (2/12) 

“Food Justice: Growing Peace and Building Communities,” Peace & Justice Studies Association Annual Conference, Christian Brothers University (Memphis, TN) (10/11) (workshop)

“Popular Uprisings in the U.S. and Middle East,” National Lawyers Guild – Southwest Regional, University of Arizona, College of Law (Tucson, AZ) (4/11)

“Environmental Peacemaking: Promises and Possibilities,” Wisconsin Institute for Peace & Conflict Studies, 25th Annual Student Conference: ‘Can the Globe Go Green? – Environmental Sustainability, Peace, and the Threats of War’, Mount Mary College (Milwaukee, WI) (4/11)

“Porous Borders: Education, Citizenship, and Youth,” Conflict, Collaboration, and Creative Governance Symposium, University of Colorado-Boulder (3/11)

“Banning Ethnic Studies? An Unjust Law Is No Law at All,” International Conference on Hate, Censorship, and Forbidden Curricula, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ) (12/10)

“Peace Ecology: An Emerging Paradigm in Theory and Practice,” Ahimsa and Sustainability Conference, Cal Poly Pomona (11/10)

“Governance Possibilities Around Porous Borders,” Reinventing Governance Conference, University of Colorado-Boulder (10/10)

“Peace Ecology as a Pathway to Security,” Peace & Justice Studies Association Annual Conference, Menno Simons College (Winnipeg, MB, Canada) (10/10)

“Secure Borders? Arizona, Immigration, and Nonviolence,” Peace & Justice Studies Association Annual Conference, Menno Simons College (Winnipeg, MB, Canada) (10/10)

“Peace and Water: Flowing Toward Sustainable Communities,” Water Symposium, Trinity University (San Antonio, TX) (2/10)

“Homelessness as Nonviolent Resistance,” Peace & Justice Studies Association Annual Conference, Marquette University (Milwaukee, WI) (10/09)

“Author Meets Critics: Toward a Credible Pacifism,” Peace & Justice Studies Association Annual Conference, Marquette University (Milwaukee, WI) (10/09)

“The Urban Ecology of Homelessness: From Criminalization to Contestation,” Peace & Justice Studies Association Annual Conference, Portland State University (Portland, OR) (9/08)

“Beyond Criminalization: Homeless Rights, Legal Wrongs, & Just Alternatives,” Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Conference (Santa Fe, NM) (4/05)

“Linking the Web: Research, Activism, & Social Change,” Society for the Study of Social Problems Annual Conference (San Francisco, CA) (8/04)

“Perspectives on Teaching Peace and Activism,” Justice Studies Association Annual Conference (Portland, ME) (5/02)

“Restoring (Dis)order: ‘Social Control’ in Anarchist Communities,” Justice Studies Association Annual Conference, Wheaton College (Wheaton, MA) (5/01)

“Indigenous Social Movements: Power and Deviance,” American Sociological Association Annual Conference (San Francisco, CA) (8/98)

Education (Return to top)


Ph.D., School of Justice Studies, 2002


J.D., 1991


B.S., Physics and Astronomy, 1988

Expertise (Return to top)

War and peace; ecology of peace; environmental peacemaking; nonviolence; homelessness; anarchism; social movements; borders and immigration; social justice; sustainable communities; water; food justice; climate justice; utopia and dystopia.

Coverage in News & Media (Return to top)


“New Clear Vision and Progressive Media,” The Pulse: WZON, 103.1FM (Bangor, ME) (2/10/12)

“Building an Inclusive Movement,” Saturday Morning Talkies: KPFA, 94.1FM (Berkeley, CA) (11/19/11)

“Occupy and Immigration,” The Morning Mix: KPFA, 94.1FM (11/17/11)

“War, Peace, and U.S. Interventions,” Antiwar Radio (4/5/11)

“Nuclear Power in Japan and the United States,” GreenStream: GP-TV (3/16/11)

“Gulf Oil Spill Theories,” RTTV (Washington, DC) (5/4/10)

“Arizona’s Immigration Law,” Hannah-Beth on the Air: KIST, 1490AM (Santa Barbara, CA) (5/2/10)

“Peace, Nonviolence, and the War in Iraq,” A Different View: KPHX, 1480AM (Phoenix, AZ) (1/19/08)

“Anarchy, Ecology, and Utopia,” The Point Is: KZFR, 90.1FM (Chico, CA) (3/31/07)

“The Criminalization of Dissent,” Sourcecode: Free Speech TV (2/28/06)

“Remembering William Rodgers,” Morning Report: WBAI Radio (New York) (12/27/05)

“Food Not Bombs in New Orleans,” Sourcecode: Free Speech TV (9/28/05)

“Eco-terrorism Hits Phoenix,” CBS Evening News (1/26/01)

“Tempe’s Sidewalks Sold,” KNXV/ABC Channel 15 (Phoenix, AZ) (1/12/00)


“Bookish: Randall Amster Talks Anarchy,” Philadelphia City Paper (7/6/12)

“Amster Riktar Focus på Vad vi Vill Uppnå,” Yelah: Anarkistisk Tidning (6/15/12)

“Above the Drone of War, Voices for Peace,” Common Dreams (3/25/12); CounterPunch (3/26/12)

“Rooting Anarchy in Nonviolence,” ServiceSpace Blog (3/21/12)

“Peace Studies Blossoming at Utah Universities,” Salt Lake Tribune (12/13/11)

“Pancho’s Message to the 100%,” Salon (11/18/11)

“Enfrenta Deportación en Oakland,” La Opinión (11/17/11)

“Occupy Oakland Protester Could Be Deported,” Oakland Tribune, San Jose Mercury News (11/15/11)

“Death of Osama bin Laden Makes Peace Groups Ask: ‘What Next?’” Truthout (5/5/11)

“Not Giving Peace (Institute) a Chance,” Inside Higher Ed (2/21/11)

“Für die nötige Infrastruktur selbst gesorgt,” Neues Deutschland (1/22/11)

“What Do Anarchists Want?” Slate (12/29/10)

“Divisions Over Peace Studies,” Inside Higher Ed (8/10/10)

“Arizona Judge Rules. What Next?” USA Today (7/30/10)

“The Invisible Tragedy of Homelessness,” Borderzine (4/12/10)

“On a Street Named Desire: Do-it-yourself Activists Help Neighbors,” New York Newsday (9/26/05)

“Threatened with Eviction, Big Easy Holdouts Now Hailed as Heroes,” London Daily Telegraph (9/16/05)

“Peace Activism a Tougher Sell on Campuses,” The Arizona Republic (4/21/02)

“Frayed Frontier: A Desert of Drywall,” San Diego Union-Tribune (11/4/01)

“Taking a Stand so Others May Sit,” The Arizona Republic (3/23/01)

“Anti-Sprawl Arsons Burn into Arizona’s Conscience,” LA Times (2/11/01)

“Anarchy How? Can an Anarchist with a Law Degree Break the Rules of Modern Activism and Still Save Tempe Butte?” Phoenix New Times (5/11/00)

“Federal Judge Halts Enforcement of Sidewalk Sitting Ban,” Freedom Forum (6/3/99)

“Protesters of Sidewalk Sitting Ban Stage Sit‑in, Honor MLK Jr.,” San Diego Source (1/19/99)


“Rooting Anarchy in Nonviolence,” http://cf2.org/music/forestcalls/2012_mar17_randall.mp3

“Radical Empathy,” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6hnnPyS9pg

“Occupy Phoenix and Homelessness” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbhXPyjVaV4

“Occupy: Building an Inclusive Movement” http://www.kpfa.org/archive/id/75284

“War, Peace, and U.S. Interventions,” http://antiwar.com/radio/2011/04/07/randall-amster/

“Nuclear Power in Japan and the U.S.”: http://www.livestream.com/greenpartyus/

“Peace Ecology as a Pathway to Security”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQu71ZuN40g

“Immigration and Nonviolence”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=et2nxDJ4Hxc

“Gulf Oil Spill a Conspiracy?”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWqlinla1j0


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