Minch, Michael L
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Professor - Philosophy & Humanities
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Curriculum Vitae

Michael L. Minch
234 W. Election Road
Draper, Utah 84020
mminch@uvu.edu
801.863.7482 office
801.651.5659 mobile

Professor of Philosophy, Utah Valley University

Education

Ph.D. work in Theological Ethics, Drew University
Ph.D. in Political Thought, University of Utah

Areas of Specialization

I work in conflict and conflict transformation, peacebuilding, reconciliation, theories of justice,
global justice, sustainability and sustainable development; political theory, democratic theory
and democratic peace theory; socialist theory, political theology and political ecology.

Publications

Preface to Luigi Esposito and Laura Finley, eds., Understanding Political Correctness: History,
Philosophy, and Its Current Relevance in the Era of Trump (Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge
Scholars Press, 2018).

"Peace Education and Education for Peace," in Walid Mometo and Cris Toffolo, eds., Promoting
Peace through Practice, Academia, and the Arts (Hershey, PA: IGA Global, 2018).

"Restorative Justice," and "Economic Hit Men," in Laura Finley, ed., Crime and Punishment in
America: An Encyclopedia of Trends and Controversies in the Justice System (Santa Barbara:
ABC-CLIO, 2016).

"Art, Peacebuilding, and Reconciliation: Will Formation and Consequence," in Sebastian l<im,
Pauline l<ollontai, and Sue Yore, eds., Mediating Peace: Reconciliation through Visual Art, Music
and Film (Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2016).

"The Ethics of Power and the Power of Ethics: Conflict Transformation as Power Diffusion," in
Randall Amster, Laura Finley, and Richard Mccutcheon, eds., Peace and Conflict Studies:
Between Tradition and Innovation {Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2015).

"Human Development, Anthropocentric Climate Change, and the Demands and Innovations of
Justice," in Randall Amster, Laura Finley, and Richard Mccutcheon, eds., Peace and Conflict
Studies: Between Tradition and Innovation (Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press,
2015).

"Trinitarian Economics," in Ryan Mcllhenny, ed., Render Unto God: Christianity and Capitalism
in Crisis {Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2015).

"An Adventure in Sin: Climate Change as Capitalism's Weapon Against the Planet's Peoples," in
Ryan Mcllhenny, ed., Render Unto God: Christianity and Capitalism in Crisis {Newcastle upon
Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2015).

Review of Pippa Norris, Making Democratic Governance Work: How Regimes Shape Prosperity,
Welfare, and Peace {New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013); in Peace Research: The
Canadian Journal of Peace and Conflict Studies, Vol. 44, No. 1 {2012).

The following articles in Deen Chatterjee, ed., The Encyclopedia of Global Justice, Vols. I and II
{New York: Springer, 2011):

"Amnesty International"
"Anarchy"
"Augustine"
"Borders"
"Comm unitarianism"
"Corporate Social Responsibility"
"Deliberative Democracy"
"Democratic Peace Theory"
"Global Civil Society"
"Greenpeace"
"Hobbes, Thomas"
"Human Rights Watch"
"Liberation Theology"
"Political Ecology"

"Democratic Talk: Can It Rescue and Rebuild Democracy?" in Lee Trepanier, ed., Political
Rhetoric and Leadership in Democracy {Cedar City: Southern Utah University Press, 2011).

"Living Obliquely: Education for Democracy," in Lee Trepanier, ed., Proceeds from the Grace A.
Tanner Symposium on Culture and Democracy (Cedar City: Southern Utah University Press,
2010).

"Democracy as Music, Music as Democracy," with Clifton Sanders, Radical Philosophy Review,
Vol. 12, Nos, 1 and 2 (2009}.

"When Soldiers Aren't Heroes," Teaching Ethics (Fall, 2004}.

"Anabaptism," in Gabriel Palmer-Fernandez, ed., the Encyclopedia of Religion and Violence
(New York: Routledge, 2004}.

Books

The Democratic Theory of Michael Oakeshott: Contingency, Discourse, and "the Politics of
Conversation," (Charlottesville, VA: Imprint Academic, 2009}.

Living Ethics, with Christine Weigel (Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Cengage, 2008}, second edition,
2011.

Forthcoming

I am presently editing an anthology entitled Neoliberalism as Violence: Conflict Analysis and
Democratic Remedies (Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2019}.

"Martin Luther King's Theorization of Peace: The Triangulation of Principle, Strategy, and
Theology," in Anna Hamling, ed., Contemporary Icons of Nonviolence (Newcastle upon Tyne:
Cambridge Scholars Press, 2019}.

Democratic Virtues: Peace and a Livable Future (completed manuscript to be submitted for
contract 2019}, monograph.

Papers Presented and Invited Lectures

"A Land of Hard Hopes: What We Must Learn in this Critical Moment: Lessons from Northern
Ireland," invited lecture for the Global Spotlight Series, Utah Valley University, 17 January 2019.

"Theories, Directions, and Challenges in Global Peacebuilding," invited lecture, Siena College,
Albany, New York, 15 October 2018.

"Global Education for Peace," at the Ahimsa Conference, Ahimsa Center, California Polytechnic
University, Pomona, 7 October 2018.

"Neoliberalism as a Conflict System," at the Peace and Justice Studies Association Conference,
Arcadia University, PA, 28 September 2018.

"Peace Education and Education for Peace," at the Peace and Justice Studies Association
Conference, University of Alabama, Birmingham, 26 October 2017.

"Neoliberalism's Attack on Democracy," at the J. Bonner Ritchie Dialogue for Peace and Justice,
Utah Valley University, 27 March 2017.

"The Case for Open Borders: Bending the Arc of Justice," at the Humanities Conference, Utah
Valley University, 24 March 2016.

"'Intractable Conflict,' Conflict Prevention, and Conflict Transformation in Northern Ireland, the
Balkans, and the Russian Federation: Questions with Some Answers," at the Peace and Justice
Studies Association Conference, James Madison University, October 2015.

"The Summit Knowledge and Action Network, and the Development of New Forms of Shared
Epistemological Power," at the United Nations Mountains of Our Future Earth Conference,
University of the Highlands and Islands, Perth, Scotland, October 2015.

"Politics and Political Culture in the United States, with Reference to Parallels to the Soviet
Union and Russia," invited lecture presented to faculty and graduate students at the Higher
School of Economics, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, 14 May 2015.

"Summit: The Sustainable Mountain Development and Conflict Transformation Global
Knowledge and Action Network," at the Peace and Justice Studies Association Conference,
University of San Diego, 17 October 2014.

"Reconciliation First, Justice second: A Reversal of Convention," at the Peace and Justice Studies
Association Conference, University of San Diego, 16 October 2014.

"Thoughts on Grace and Fear, Grace and Power," at the Sunstone Conference, University of
Utah, 1 August 2014.

"Achieving Peace and Prosperity: Virtuous Circles and Casual Relationships," keynote address at
the second annual conference of the Union of Guinean Students in the Americas, at the
University for International Integration of the Afro-Brazilian Lusophony; Redencao, Brazil, 26
July 2014.

"Summit: The Sustainable Mountain development and Conflict Transformation Global
Database," at the Long-Term Observing Systems of Mountain Social-Ecological Systems
conference and workshops, University of Nevada, Reno, 16 July 2014.

"Global Democracy: A Preliminary and Minimal Proposal," at the David R. Keller Memorial
Symposium, Utah Valley University, 5 March 2014.

"Summit: The Sustainable Mountain development and Conflict Transformation Global
Database," at the J. Bonner Ritchie Dialogue on Peace and Justice, Utah Valley University, 26
February 2014.

"The Essene Option Among the Alternatives: The Jesus Movement and How to Achieve peace
and Justice," invited lecture for the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibition at the Leonardo Museum, Salt
Lake City, 1 February 2014.

"Acting for Peace and Justice: How Theater Transforms Conflict," invited lecture for the
Department of Theater Arts, Utah Valley University, 12 November 2013.

"The Ethics of Power and the Power of Ethics: Conflict Transformation as Power Diffusion," the
Peace and Justice Studies Association Conference, Wilfred Laurier University, Ontario, Canada;
18 October 2013.

"Art and Peacebuilding: Synergies and Casual Relationships," at the International Conference on
Peace and Reconciliation, co-sponsored by Hebrew University and York St. John University;
Hebrew University, Jerusalem, 7 November 2012.

"Human Development, Anthropocentric Climate Change, and the Demands of Justice," at the
lntermountain Philosophy Conference, University of Utah, 26 October 2012.

"Human Development, Anthropogenic Climate Change, and the Demands of Justice," at the
Peace and Justice Studies Association Conference, Tufts University, 5 October 2012.

"Freedom of Speech in the United States: How We Have Too Much, and Not Enough," invited
lecture for the Revolutionary Student Union, Salt Lake Community College, 11 September 2012.

"Note on Religion, Violence, and America," invited lecture for the Questioning Minds Forum,
Salt Lake City Main Library, 9 September 2012.

"Justice as Restoration," at the Restorative Justice and Death Penalty Symposium, Utah Valley
University, 3 November 2011.

"The Palestinian Kairos Document as am Unintended Contribution to Conflict Transformation Theory and Practice," at the Peace and Justice Studies Association Conference, Memphis,
October 2011.

"Learning from C.S. Lewis," invited lecture for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences,
Utah Valley University, 11 August 2011.

"On the Legitimacy and Value of Violence," invited lecture for the Revolutionary Student Union,
Utah Valley University, 25 January 2011.

"Christian Socialism: Past, Present, and Future Hope," invited lecture at Salt Lake Community
College, 12 October 2010.

"On Boundaries and Frames and the Erasure of 'War' and 'Peace'," at the Peace and Justice
Studies Association Conference, University of Winnipeg, October 2010.

"On Boundaries and Frames and the Erasure of 'War' and 'Peace'," at the Global Conference on
War and Peace, Prague, Czech Republic, 1 May 2010.

"Morality 101 and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Who Owes What to Whom and Why," Utah
Valley University, 9 March 2010.

"Democracy: Can It Be Rescued and Rebuilt?," invited lecture at the Grace A. Tanner
Symposium on Language, Rhetoric, and Democracy; Southern Utah University, 22 January 2010.

"Democracy: Can It be Rescued and Rebuilt?" Hawaii International Conference on Arts and
Humanities, the Asia Pacific Institute of Peking University, and the East-West Council for
Education, Honolulu, 13 January 2010.

"The Politics of Jesus: Theopolitical Vision and Commission," invited lecture for the Religion and
Public Life Symposium, Salt Lake Community College, 12 March 2009.

"On Secularism and Politics," at the Secularism Revisited conference, Utah Valley University, 2
February 2009.

"Living Obliquely: Education for Democracy," invited lecture for the Grace A. Tanner
Symposium on Culture and Democracy, Southern Utah University, 23 January 2009.

"Thoughts, Words, and Definitions with Special Reference to the Words 'Christian' and
'Christianity'," for a debate about the contested meaning of "Christian" and "Christianity" at
Utah Valley University, 12 November 2008.

"Democracy as Music, Music as Democracy" at the Radical Philosophy Association Conference,
San Francisco State University, 7 November 2008.

"With and Beyond Pogge's Brief for a Global Resource Dividend: A Sketch," invited lecture at
First Unitarian Church, Salt Lake City, 10 October 2008.

"Democratic Virtues as a Means to Overcome Democratic Deficits and Provide Hope," invited
lecture for the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics; University of Costa Rica, 22
July 2008.

"Why Justice Must be Global Justice," at the Environmental Ethics Conference, Utah Valley
University, April 2008.

"Forgiveness as Political Practice and Economy: Double Negation and Reconciliation," at the
Martin Luther l<ing, Jr., Commemoration conference, Utah Valley University, January 2008.

"Democracy, Equality, and Economy: Necessary Trends," invited lecture for the Society for the
Advancement of Socio-Economics; Copenhagen, Denmark, 30 June 2007.

"Jesus: God Made Poor," at the Martin Luther l<ing, Jr., Commemoration conference, Utah
Valley University, 17 January 2007.

"Beyond Rawls, Ha berm as, and Dryzek: Radical and Green Democratic Theory," at the Radical
Philosophy Association Conference, Omaha, 4 November 2006.

"Loving Nature and Imaging God: A Sketch for a Political Theology of Nature," invited lecture at
Salt Lake Theological Seminary, July 2006.

"Democratic Civil Society Under the Burden of Empire," at the Society for the Advancement of
Socio-Economics; Central European University, Budapest, Hungary, June 2005.

"When Soldiers Aren't Heroes," at the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities,
the Asia Pacific Institute of Peking University, and the East-West Council for Education,
Honolulu, January 2005.

"Political Ecology and the Question of Sustainability: The Need for Democracy and Civil
Society," the Conference by the Faculty at Utah Valley University, September 2004.

"Hobbes: Lessons from the First Great English Philosopher," for the Great Thinkers Lecture
Series at Utah Valley University, Fall 2003.

"What to Do about Saddam," at Faculty Lecture Series in Response to 9/11, Utah Valley
University, Fall 2003.

"On Just War Theory and Iraq," at Faculty Lecture Series in Response to 9/1.1, Utah Valley
University, Fall 2003.

"Setting the Captives Free: Martin Luther l<ing, Jr., and the Intolerable Offense of Slavery," at
the Martin Luther l<ing, Jr., Commemoration Conference, Utah Valley University, January 2003.

"Can Liberal Theory be Radica1?1' at the Society for Radical Philosophy conference, Brown
University, November 2002.

"On Postmodern Patriotism: Can Liberals be Patriotic?," at the Conference by the Faculty, Utah
Valley University, September 2002.

"Theistic Evolution: Christian Reflection on Darwinian Science," Conference on "Intelligent
Design" sponsored by the Religious Studies Program at Utah Valley University, Spring 2002.

"Epistemic Virtue: On the Nature of Truth," for the Philosophy Department at Utah Valley
University, Spring, 2001.

"On Mormonism and America: An Essay," for the Philosophy Department and Religious Studies
Program at UtahValley University, Fall 2001.

"The Strong Poet and the Voice of Poetry in the Conversation of Humankind: Poiesis and
Mortality in Richard Rorty and Michael Oakeshott," for the Philosophy Department at Utah
Valley University, Fall 2001.

"Freedom Beyond Berlin: A Communitarian View of Liberty," at the Utah Philosophy Association
conference, Southern Utah University, April 2001.

"A Critique of Communitarianism: When Baptists Go Bad," at Baylor Universit Spring 1999.

Peacebuilding Work

    Conflict Prevention, Conflict Transformation, and Democratization in Guinea Bissau,
    West Africa

In September (19-21) 2018, I was in Bissau, Guinea Bissau (GB) to meet with many of the
political leaders of the country and lead them through a process whereby they worked on
matters critical to the long-standing conflict in that country. The two most powerful political
parties have engaged in violent conflict for years, and the country engaged in a bloody civil war
in 1998-1999. This was my fourth trip to GB, and previously, I had laid the groundwork for
conflict prevention and conflict transformation work though facilitation and mediation. I have a
long-term (multi-year) strategy underway, whereby, in working with political parties and
political leaders, NGO and civil society leaders, religious leaders, and multilateral organizational
staff (primarily UN and ECOWAS staff), the government will be moved beyond narco-state
tactics toward authentic democracy. The challenge is great. GB ranks 174 out of 177 countries
in state corruption, i.e., it is the fourth most corrupt state in the world. It is also the world's
fourth poorest country. As is typical, the country's poverty, corruption, and conflict are
intrinsically connected; therefore, sustainable development and education are essential
components of long-term unified strategic change.

    Sustainable Development in Guinea Bissau

I have spent much of my time in GB working on projects related to cashew processing, starting
a cocoa industry in conjunction with cashew grove production, and the development of
collective/community gardens. My most recent trip to GB, predating the trip noted above,
entailed soil testing, meeting with the UN FAO director and another regional agricultural
professional, meeting with a Mennonite community in a village in the north (Catel, near
Senegal), who offered me a building for cashew processing, and with a civil society leader who
also offered us land for use in two regions of the country (bringing our land plots to four). I also
met with village leaders in regard to a collective food gardens strategy, and developing a
medical clinic in the village, for the region.

    Education in and for Guinea Bissau

I have helped fund, build, develop, and provide teachers (some of my UVU students have
volunteered for a semester as teachers) for a school founded in 2016 in Bissau, the Macote
Entrepreneur Center. Here, young adults learn English (at three levels), entrepreneurial skills,
and basic computer skills. These skill sets give a person a degree of financial security in a
country with 65-70% unemployment.

    Democratization in and for Guinea Bissau

I began to work on the issues above and the request of a former student at Utah Valley
University, who on his first request, asked me to help him develop the organization of a student
group, the Union of Guinean Students in the Americas. I traveled with Mr. Ambrosio to Brazil
twice and met with student leaders, and spoke at larger gatherings of Guinean students
studying in Brazil (where they receive university education at no cost). The core idea from the
beginning was to form a group of Guinean citizens committed to returning to their country and
democratizing it through nonviolent strategies. I held workshops and facilitations on
nonviolent strategy, democratization, and sustainable development. After my meetings in
Brazil, I began holding them in GB itself. The beginning of my work for GB circles back to my
most recent trip there, and my work with leaders from various political parties, and civil society
leaders, and the multiyear strategy planned for the future.

    Summit: The Sustainable Development and Conflict Transformation Global Knowledge
    and Action Network

The Summit Knowledge and Action Network is an NGO I started for one primary purpose: to
build the world's largest network of networks, linking databases and datasets from across the
planet, not only collecting, but also building knowledge, to provide scholars, peacebuilders,
NGOs, governments, multilateral organizations, and communities everywhere, with the world's
largest resource of knowledge about and important for, sustainable development, and conflict
transformation. The Summit Database will be, by orders of magnitude, more efficient, fast, and
robust than a Google search (the fundamental algorithm of which is popularity of terms). This
database and network project is under development. One of the domains of our research
efforts is technology related to sustainable development and peacebuilding, or PeaceTech, for
short. We will not only create the world's largest set of knowledge related to this technology,
but plan on building partnerships with retailers (e.g., REI) where shoppers can purchase certain
items for others in the less developed world (e.g., a water filtration system for a village without
access to potable water, as lack of safe water is the leading cause of death in the world's
poorest communities). We will also publish a Peace Tech Catalogue making this model of
distribution increasingly widespread.

    Ending Slavery

There are 48.3 million slaves in the world, and at the same time, it is eliminable. I am
developing a unified (intersectional) global strategy to end slavery in 30 years and the cost of
$30 billion. Slavery expert Keven Bales estimates the timeframe at 20 to 25 years, and the cost
at $21 billion. In partnership with Bales, I have agreed to write the document which will serve
as the argument for, and call to, stakeholders to meet for a Global Summit to End Slavery. This
summit will be the event that makes a global call for funding and operations to end slavery. I
am currently writing the document to catalyze the movement.

    Fulbright Specialist Program

I have been awarded a Fulbright under the auspices of the Specialist Program. I hope to use
this opportunity in two locations. I plan to return to the Balkans, where I have worked to help
establish a graduate program in Peace and Conflict Studies across communities in conflict; and
further that work. Secondly, I hope to return to the Ferghana Valley, a geography shared by the
Kyrgyz Republic, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan, which has been a site of violent conflict over the
last two decades. The work I am doing in Guinea Bissau, both in terms of conflict prevention
and transformation, and sustainable development, is needed in the Ferghana Valley (obviously,
with all necessary modifications). In both locations, my work will entail, among other things,
educating local academics and peacebuilders.

Other Work

I created initial study abroad programs in Northern Ireland, Haiti, the Middle East, Cuba, and
Russia. I direct the programs in Northern Ireland, Haiti, and Russia.

I am the founder and co-editor of a book series, Peace Studies: Edges and Innovations,
published by Cambridge Scholars Press.

I am a founding member of the Board of Directors of Education for Global Peace, an
international NGO with a mission to innovatively mainstream peace education in primary and
secondary schools, university and adult education, across the globe.

I am a member of the Board of Directors of the Peace and Justice Studies Association, the
academic association for peace and conflict scholars in the United States and Canada. I have
served as the PJSA Research Liaison and as chair of the Publications Committee.

I was chair of the Philosophy and Humanities Department at Utah Valley University, 2009-2012.
I founded, in 2003, the UVU Peace and Justice Studies program, and served as director, from
2003 to 2016. I continue to serve on the Peace and Justice Studies Executive Committee.
I have served on the Religious Studies Executive Committee since 2000.

I have organized, or helped organize, 52 conferences and symposia at Utah Valley State
College/Utah Valley University; and the 2012 and 2013 Peace and Justice Studies Association
conferences.

I have participated in over 76 panel discussions.

Recipient of the Dean's Award of Excellence in Service, College of Humanities and Social
Sciences, 2015.

Recipient of the Utah Valley University Faculty Senate Award for Teaching Excellence, 2014.
Recipient of the Dean's Award of Excellence, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Utah
Valley University, 2013.

Recipient of the Gandhi Peace Award from the Utah Gandhi Peace Alliance, 2008.
I have raised $246,340 off campus for Peace and Justice Studies and the Summit Knowledge
and Action Network.

Courses I Have Taught, or Teach

PHIL 2050: Ethics and Values
PHIL 205G: Ethics and Values with a Global Emphasis
PHIL 1600: Introduction to Western Religions
PHIL 1620: Introduction to Eastern Religions
PHIL 3700: Social and Political Philosophy
PHIL 450R: Contemporary Political Philosophy
PHIL 450R: The Philosophy of Liberalism
PHIL 450R: The Philosophy of Conservatism
PHIL 451R: Virtue Ethics
PHIL 3500: Moral Philosophy
PHIL 3540: Christian Ethics
PHIL 4SOR: Liberation Theology
PHIL 450R: Gandhi, King, West. Marx, and Prophetic Politics
PHIL 450R: Senior Ethics Bowl (this included coaching the UVU Ethics Bowl Team to the national
tournament, twice)
PHIL 450R: Religious Traditions, Nature, and Ecology
PHIL 3530: Environmental Ethics
PHIL 450R: The World After 9/11
PHIL 4SOR: Citizenship, Republicanism, and Democracy Across Borders
PHIL 450R: International Political Economy and Globalization
PHIL 450R: Democratic Theory and Democratic Peace Theory
PHIL 4900: Philosophy Capstone
PJST 3000: Introduction to Peace and Justice Studies
P JST 3020: The Ethics of War and Peace
PJST 3400: Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding
PJST 475R: The History of Violence and Peace in America
PJST 4900: PJST Capstone (I have taught this every semester since 2003)
HONR 499R: Nonviolent Resistance: Theory, Analysis, Strategy