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David Ragland

David Ragland


  • Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Toledo
  • M.A., Peace Education, Teachers College of Columbia University
  • M.A., International Affairs, Washington University in St. Louis

David is Co-Founder and Co-director for the Truth Telling Project of Ferguson and a Visiting Professor at United Nations Mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica. He researches and thinks about the moral dimensions of violence and trauma against vulnerable populations in the U.S., as well as envisioning a world with reduced violence on all levels. As an activist, educator and scholar, his recent and past work is the ground level- in his home community near Ferguson, MO. David’s analysis is drawn from the radical teaching and scholarship of MLK, particularly in his description of the Triple evils of Militarism, Racism and Materials, as an ever present part of American life- calling us to a shift in values Dr. Ragland focuses specifically on how our society conceives justice as retributive and proposes a shift toward restorative justice to transform communities and criminal justice system and take the America’s turbulent history and lives experiences into account for policies at all levels. David’s recent work is one co written chapter titled “Truth Telling from the Margins: Exploring Black-Led Responses to Police Violence and Systemic Humiliation” in a volume on Systemic Humiliation & “Peace Education as an Ethical Framework to Situate Restorative Justice: Locating the Concerns of Communities of Color in Peace and Justice Discourse” in Peace Studies between Tradition and Innovation; and forth coming – a co-authored article “Truth-telling from the Margins: Exploring Black-led responses to police violence and systemic humiliation” David is a blogger for the Huffington Post and writes frequently for PeaceVoice and is currently working on an edited volume entitled “The Intellectual and Political History of Peacemakers of Color”. He is a member of the National Council for the Fellowship of Reconciliation & a board member of the Peace and Justice Studies Association, David studied critical race issues, peace education, philosophy and philosophy of education at University of Toledo, Teachers College Columbia University, The New School for Social Research, and Washington University of St. Louis.