Mary Elizabeth King

Mary Elizabeth King is professor of peace and conflict studies at the University for Peace and a Distinguished Fellow of the Rothermere American Institute at the University of Oxford, in the UK. She is also Scholar-in-Residence with American University’s Center for Peacebuilding and Development, in Washington, D.C. Her latest book is Gandhian Nonviolent Struggle and Untouchability in South India: The 1924–25 Vykom Satyagraha and the Mechanisms of Change (forthcoming 2014). She is also the author of The New York Times on Emerging Democracies in Eastern Europe, A Quiet Revolution: The First Palestinian Intifada and Nonviolent Resistance, Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr.: The Power of Nonviolent Action, and she won a prize for Freedom Song: A Personal Story of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement. During the U.S. civil rights movement, she worked alongside Martin Luther King, Jr. (no relation), in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. She co-authored “Sex and Caste” with Casey Hayden, a 1966 article viewed by historians as tinder for second-wave feminism. Her website is

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