Peace, Justice and Human Rights Certificates

[About the Director]


Renat Shaykhutdinon


[ Renat Shaykhutdinov ]  Director, PJHR Certificates and Program
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science

Renat Shaykhutdinov is an Associate Professor of Political Science and the Director of Peace Studies Program at Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL. He received his Ph.D. degree from Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, in 2007. His areas of academic interest include the politics of nonviolence, ethnic and religious policies, power-sharing institutions, and the politics of post-communism. His publications appear in  Journal of Peace Research Journal of Peace Education Politics and Religion , Problems of Post-Communism , Journal of Ideology International Journal of the Humanities Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy Canadian Slavonic Papers/Revue canadienne des Slavistes , the Journal of Central Asian Studies , European Journal of Economic and Political Studies , and Trames: Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences .




[ Gail Choate ]  PJHR Fellow 2015-16,  MA Student, Department of Political Science

After an extensive business career, Gail Choate came to Florida Atlantic University after completing her AA degree at Broward College.  Gail then graduated Summa Cum Laude from FAU with a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies:  Social Sciences which included minors in Political Science and History.  Gail continued her studies at FAU and is currently pursuing a Master Degree in Political Science.  Gail has presented her research dealing with the formation of national identity, ethnic conflict, and the role of natural resources on regime type at various academic conferences.  In the summer of 2015, Gail was awarded a FLAS Fellowship and attended the Haitian Summer Institute at FIU. 






[ Donald Archey] Lynn, Wold, Schmidt Peace Studies Fellow 2015-16
MA Student, Department of Political Science

Donald’s commitment and interest in the issues of peace and justice were among the major components, which led to his selection to the Peace Studies Fellowship at Florida Atlantic University for the 2014-2015 academic year. Donald’s cosmopolitan background were also useful in his work and assistance in the events organized by the Peace Studies Program. Donald specifically has helped with organization of the Colonizing and De/Re-Colonizing Nations: A Research Inquiry into Communist Practices 25 Years Later Peace Studies conference that was held at FAU’s Boca campus on March 12-13, 2015. He was also very conducive to mobilizing students in support of the events related to Gabrielle Bernstein’s visit to FAU in November of 2014. Donald has also provided logistical support for the James Finley conference on April 10-12. Donald’s outgoing personality and enthusiasm serves him well both in the classroom and around campus.



Doug McGetchin, Director of Peace Studies

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[ Doug McGetchin ]  Former Director,  Peace Studies Program 
Associate Professor, Department of History

In 2012, Doug McGetchin became Director of the Peace Studies Program in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, and is responsible for overall coordination, development and management of the program.

Professor McGetchin received his Ph.D. in modern European history from the University of California, San Diego, specializing in cultural, political, and intellectual connections between Germany and India. His research and teaching span world history, modern Germany, modern Europe, and ancient and modern South Asia.

His publications include the book Indology, Indomania, Orientalism:  Ancient India's Rebirth in Modern Germany (2009), examining the historical context of Indology (the study of South Asian texts, literature, and culture) and the diffusion of this knowledge about ancient India within modern Europe during the long nineteenth century (1790-1914). He is also co-editor of the volume Sanskrit and "Orientalism": Indology and Comparative Linguistics in Germany,1750-1958 (2004), as well as journal articles, chapters, encyclopedia articles, and other works related to East-West connections.

Image Top Left: Doug McGetchin at the Raj Ghat, site of Mohandas K. “Mahatma” Gandhi’s cremation in Delhi, India  

Indology, Indomania, Orientalism  |  Doug McGetchin's web page



Doug McGetchin, Director of Peace Studies

[ Peter Cava ]  Lynn, Wold, Schmidt Peace Studies Fellow
PhD Candidate, Public Intellectuals Program

Peter Cava received a BA in Communication and Religion from Grove City College, Pennsylvania, in 2004; the designation of "Fellow" from the World Journalism Institute, New York, in 2004; an MA in Ecumenical Studies from Union Theological Seminary, New York, in 2008; and a graduate certificate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Florida Atlantic University (FAU), Boca Raton, in 2009. Currently, Peter is a PhD Candidate in FAU's Public Intellectuals Program, writing a dissertation that analyzes science fiction television's defamiliarization of transgender political trends, such as the convergence of transgender and militarist discourses in the campaign for transgender military inclusion. Peter's additional writing includes rhetorical analysis of Gandhian nonviolence; cultural analysis of post-9/11 US imperial ideology; and "Activism, Politics, and Organizing," a book chapter in  Trans Bodies, Trans Selves , forthcoming from Oxford University Press in 2014. Peter has served for two years as the conference planning coordinator for Transecting Society, an annual conference about transgender politics; has delivered sixty invited lectures, panel presentations, and workshops; has facilitated over 500 writing consultations; and has participated in a wide range of activism, including civil disobedience, community service, media advocacy, policy negotiations, and public demonstrations. In addition, Peter cultivates inner peace through gardening, dreamwork, and watching the sunrise at Snook Islands.  petercava.com



Noemi Marin, Director of Peace Studies

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[ Noemi Marin ] Former Director,  Peace Studies Program

Professor and Director of the School of Communication and Multimedia Studies

Noemi Marin was appointed Director of the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters Peace Studies Program in 2007. In that capacity, she is responsible for overall coordination, development and management of the program.

Professor Noemi Marin received her first graduate degree in English and Spanish Literature and Languages from University of Bucharest, Romania, and her second M.A. in Communication from California State University, Northridge, specializing in Eastern European political discourse. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1999 in Rhetorical Studies, specializing in post-communist rhetoric.

Author of numerous publications in edited volumes and journals, Dr. Marin's most recent book is  After the Fall: Rhetoric in the Aftermath of Dissent in Post-Communist Times  (Peter Lang, 2007). She also edits the Journal of Literacy and Technology. Professor Marin is currently Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Culture in the School of Communication and Multimedia Studies.

Indology, Indomania, Orientalism

Noemi Marin's webpage  

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