AUSTIN CHOI-FITZPATRICK

Assistant Professor of Political Sociology
Kroc School of Peace Studies
University of San Diego
@achoifitz [gmail, skype, twitter, instagram, linkedin]

I teach a number of classes at the University of San Diego. I am a firm believer in project-based learning, and take any opportunity to turn the classroom into a laboratory or workshop. This approach has led to a number of coauthored collaborations, spinoffs, workshops, and award-winning methodologies. I’ve got my fingers crossed that we get a patent one of these days. I’ve taught classes on globalization, human rights, political sociology, social movements, quantitative methods, research methods, and peace and justice.

There are other interests of mine that do not quite fit under the slavery/movement/technology triple-bill: religion, causality, history, feminism, patriarchy, post-apocalypse public policy, and anything that involves asking why one too many times.

From 2013-2015 I was a founding faculty member at the School of Public Policy at Central European University, where I still serve as a faculty fellow at the Center for Media Data and Society. I took my PhD in Sociology from the University of Notre Dame, where I was the Assistant Director at the Center for the Study of Social Movements and Social Change. and a dissertation fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies. Prior to academia I worked in human rights advocacy at Free the Slaves, the sister organization of Anti-Slavery International, itself the world’s first and longest running human rights NGO. And a long-long time ago I studied human rights and international security at Denver’s Korbel School of International Studies.

Beyond academia I’ve contributed to SlateAl JazeeraHuffington Post, Tikkun, Prism, and the Mobilizing Ideas blog collective