About the Author

Randall Amster, J.D., Ph.D., is Teaching Professor and Co-Director of Environmental Studies at Georgetown University. His books include Peace Ecology (Routledge, 2015), Anarchism Today (Praeger, 2012), Lost in Space: The Criminalization, Globalization, and Urban Ecology of Homelessness (LFB, 2008), and the co-edited volume Exploring the Power of Nonviolence: Peace, Politics, and Practice (Syracuse University Press, 2013). He was previously Executive Director of the Peace & Justice Studies Association (2008-16) and Editor-in-Chief of the Contemporary Justice Review. He has written for media outlets including Common Dreams, Truthout, HuffPost, and the New York Journal of Books. MORE INFO | Facebook | Twitter



Beyond the Anthropocene” (The Ecologist, 2/3/20)

The Gift of Perspective” (Common Dreams, 12/25/19)

Dear Fossil Fuels: It’s Over” (Common Dreams, 11/4/19)

Flowers in the Arctic” (Core Pathways Initiative on Climate Change, 3/1/19)

Pathways of Possibility” (Core Pathways Initiative on Climate Change, 9/18/17)

Floods and Fires: The New Normal of Destabilization” (Common Dreams, 9/4/17)

Climate Justice & Nonviolence: Inseparable Aims” (Nonviolence Magazine, 5/24/17)

Climate Contributions and Responsibilities” (Global Futures Initiative, Georgetown Univ., 11/10/16)

Saving Our Oceans, Saving Ourselves” (Global Futures Initiative, Georgetown University, 9/29/16)

Climate Change as a Function of Social Change” (Global Futures Initiative, Georgetown, 9/12/16)

Confronting Conflict and Climate Change Through Common Purpose” (Common Dreams, 12/7/15)

Pump Fiction” (Huffington Post, 3/11/13)

Saving Sacred Spaces” (Truthout, 8/29/11)

Garden Helps Community Grow, Flower” (Truthout, 6/10/11)

‘I Want to Be a Farmer’: Food Justice, Out of the Mouths of Babes” (Common Dreams, 6/3/11)

New Clear Energy” (Huffington Post, 5/25/11)

Black Gold, the Lifeblood of War” (Huffington Post, 7/1/10)

Silent Spring Has Sprung” (Huffington Post, 5/21/10)

Review: Toward Climate Justice” (Z Magazine, 5/4/11)

The Day the Earth Stood Up” (Huffington Post, 12/17/09)

Saving Ourselves: Consuming Within Recharge Rates” (Common Dreams, 6/26/09)

Water, Water Everywhere: Sustaining Scarce Resources in the Desert” (AlterNet, 3/9/09)

Emission Accomplished?” (Huffington Post, 1/29/09)


Engaging Narratives: Environmental Essentialism and Intersectional JusticeUndergraduate Journal of Global Citizenship, R. Amster & Y. Kato (2018).

Resource Wars” and “Water SecurityThe SAGE Encyclopedia of War: Social Science Perspectives, P. Joseph (ed.) (2016).

Hope … in a Hopeless World?Journal of Sustainability Education, November (2015).

‘Every Journey Begins with a Single Step’: Building Localized Movements for Global Peace and SustainabilityWorld Futures: The Journal of New Paradigm Research 71.1 (2015): 114-123.

Teaching to the Test: Climate Change, Perpetual War, and the Pedagogy of HopefulnessJournal of Peace Education 11.3 (2014): 267-278.

Toward a Climate of Peace.” Peace Review 25.4 (2013): 473-479.

A Sustainable Peace: From Militarized Borders to Transnational Resource CollaborationJournal of Sustainability Education (2012).

Environmental PeacemakingGreen Culture: An A-to-Z Guide, K. Wehr (ed.) (2011).


“Border Walls and Bridging Work: Cultivating Resilience in Spaces of Control,” From Environmental Loss to Resistance, M. Loadenthal & L. Rekow (eds.), University of Massachusetts Press (forthcoming)

“Beyond the Anthropocene, Toward the Anarchocene? Notes on the Emergence of the Next Epoch,” Anarchist Political Ecology: Violence in the Age of Anthropocentrism, S. Springer et al. (eds.), PM Press (forthcoming).

“Living La Vida Local: Small Steps Toward Global Change” Globalism and Localization in the Context of the Ecological and Social Crisis, J. Canty (ed.), Routledge (2019).

“Blockadia” An Ecotopian Lexicon, B.R. Bellamy and M. Schneider-Mayerson (eds.), University of Minnesota Press (2019).

“Environment, Climate Change, and Peace” Routledge Handbook of Environmental Conflict and Peacebuilding, A. Swain and J. Öjendal (eds.), Routledge (2018).

“Peace Ecology,” in H. Wood (ed.), Current Debates in Peace and Conflict Studies, Part 6/Section 2, NY: Oxford University Press.

From the Headwaters to the Grassroots: Cooperative Resource Management as a Paradigm of NonviolenceExploring the Power of Nonviolence, R. Amster and E. Ndura (eds.), Syracuse University Press (2013).

“Pax Gaia: The Ecology of War, Peace, and How to Get from Here to There” Building Cultures of Peace: Transdisciplinary Voices of Hope and Action, E. Ndura-Ouédraogo and R. Amster (eds.), Cambridge Scholars Publishing (2009).