Peace and Justice Studies Association Blog to Focus on Career Awareness

The Peace and Justice Studies Association has recently launched a blog on career awareness for students.  Maddie Gordon, a freshman in the social justice program at Miami University, is leading the effort.  Below is a recent message she sent to all PJSA members.  The link to the blog is in the message and here.  If you are a student or a faculty member, you will to read and contribute to this effort!

My name is Maddie Gordon and I am currently a freshman completing a degree in Social Justice Studies at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio! I work with Dr. Michael Loadenthal as a student intern for PJSA, and I have recently began a new project in conjunction with Swarthmore College’s Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies Program.

I started working this semester with Lee Smithey of Swarthmore, and following their example, PJSA has created a blog to provide resources for current and prospective Peace Studies majors to use for (career) inspiration or guidance. The goal is to provide a resource for teachers, counselors, student, parents, and academic advisors to help answer the question: What can a degree in the peace studies field do for you!

We are hoping that our dynamic community can help make this an engaging site, and to that end, we are asking PJSA members who hold a related degree to consider writing a blog entry which addresses some or all of the following questions:

What are you currently doing/where are you currently working?

How did your peace studies degree help get you to where you are today?

What advice would you offer to prospective peace studies majors?

What do you wish you had known during or after college about finding a job in this field?

If you are willing to contribute, we kindly ask you to submit a post so that we can start to develop the blog as a helpful resource for all peace studies majors! Posts can be submitted to me through email ( Please also include a head shot, or other pictures that are relevant to your work so that could be included in the post. We are also asking educators to contact alumni from your programs and ask them to participate as well as the more stories we can receive the better!

Thank you for taking the time to read this and I hope you consider posting, or at least passing on to others that you know. If you have any questions you can contact me at the address below. I am also including links to Swarthmore’s blog ( and the newly created PJSA blog (!


Published by David J. Smith

I am a career coach, consultant, and head of a not for profit - the Forage Center - that offers humanitarian education training. I also teach at George Mason University and Drexel University. A one time lawyer, I spent many years teaching in a community college where I was a Fulbright U.S. Scholar teaching in Estonia. I'm the author of Peace Jobs: A Student's Guide to Starting a Career Working for Peace (IAP 2016). I've been married to my best friend for over 31 years and we have two well adjusted adult children who teach me something new everyday. I live in Rockville, Maryland.

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