Peace and Social Justice Studies Program

Dr. Meta Mendel-Reyes

Division VI Chair; Associate Professor of General Studies Peace and Social Justice Studies;

At Berea College since 2000

Contact Information:

Office: Carter G. Woodson Center, Room 208
Phone: (859) 985-3940
Fax: (859) 985-3906
Ext: 3940
CPO 2104

Office Hours, Fall 2015:

Tuesday, 3-5 pm
Thursday, 9-11 am
And by appointment (Open door policy – if the door is open, you may come in; if I’m not busy, we’ll talk right away)

Class Schedule:

  • GSTR 110 U (Mon/Wed/Fri: 10:40 am – 11:50 am)
  • PSJ 210 (Mon/Wed/Fri: 2:40 pm – 3:50 pm)


Dr. Meta Mendel-Reyes is Associate Professor of Peace and Social Justice and General Studies at Berea College, and Chair of Division VI, the Interdisciplinary division.  She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley.  She has been a labor and community organizer, participating in movements with migrant farm workers seeking justice in the fields of California and tenants’ group fighting environmental racism in Philadelphia, among many others.


  • B.A., Politics, University of California at Santa Cruz, 1972
  • M.A., Political Science, University of California at Berkeley, 1974
  • Ph.D., Political Science, University of California, 1992


  • Peace/Social Justice Theory/Practice
  • Diversity and Social Justice
  • Women and African Americans in Politics
  • Democratic Theory and Practice
  • Movements
  • Women in Civil Rights Movement
  • Conflict Transformation
  • Writing Seminars
  • U.S. Traditions
  • Stories
  • Multicultural Politics
  • Stages of Social Change: Activist Theater

Special Interests

Social justice, diversity, community organizing, and democratic theory and practice

Papers and Publications

  • Remembering Democracy: The Sixties in Politics and Memory (New York: Routledge, 1995).

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