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Dr. Anthony J. Nocella II

Dr. Anthony J. Nocella II
Assistant Professor of Sociology and Criminology, Peace and Conflict Studies, Gender and Women's Studies, Environmental Studies, Forensic Studies, and Teacher Education


  • U.S. Criminal Justice 
  • Critical Terrorism
  • Critical Criminology
  • Transformative Justice
  • Youth Justice
  • Critical Pedagogy
  • Disability Pedagogy
  • Eco-ability
  • Critical Animal Studies
  • Hip Hop Studies
  • Peace & Conflict Studies
  • School to Prison Pipeline
  • Anarchist Studies
  • Green Criminology
  • Social Justice
  • Inclusive Education
  • Gender & Women’s Studies


  • Ph.D., Social Science, Syracuse University, 2011
  • M.S., Cultural Foundations of Education, Syracuse University, 2008
  • Graduate Certificate, International Conflict Management, Syracuse University, 2005
  • Graduate Certificate, Women’s and Gender Studies, Syracuse University, 2005
  • M.A., Peacemaking and Conflict Studies, Fresno Pacific University, 2003
  • Graduate Certificate, Mediation, Fresno Pacific University, 2002
  • B.A., Political Science, Pre-Law, and Public Administration, University of St. Thomas, 2000


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About Dr. Anthony J. Nocella II

Anthony J. Nocella II is an assistant professor of Sociology and Criminology at Fort Lewis College. He joined Fort Lewis in 2015, after being a Senior Fellow at the Hamline University Law School, teaching in the School of Education at Hamline University, and teaching in the School of Education at St. Cloud State University.  Dr. Nocella is the editor of the Peace Studies Journal, an Executive Director and co-founder of the Institute for Critical Animal Studies, National Co-Coordinator of Save the Kids, Director of the Institute for Hip Hop Activism, editor of Poetry Behind the Walls, and Director of the Academy for Peace Education.

Dr. Nocella II has published more than fifty scholarly articles or book chapters and has published more than twenty-two books including “Igniting a Revolution: Voices in Defense of the Earth” (2006) and “Hollywood’s Exploited: Public Pedagogy, Corporate Movies, and Cultural Crisis” (2010).

He is editor of the Critical Animal Studies and Theory book series with Lexington Books and Radical Animal Studies and Total Liberation book series with Peter Lang Publishing. Dr. Nocella is a co-founder of the fields of critical animal studies, disability pedagogy, eco-ability, radical animal studies, total liberation, and academic repression. 

In the Media

Effective protest in an era of political anger, DGO, August 24, 2017

ACLU: Colorado’s branch of the watchdog organization is in Durango’s grill again, Durango Herald, August 2, 2017

ACLU discovers Durango law in violation of Colorado Constitution, Durango Herald, July 28, 2017

Juvenile detention center celebrates building renovation; Robert E. DeNier Youth Services Center closed for 3 months to fix water damage, Durango Herald, July 21, 2017

Durango celebrates its first Juneteenth: About 50 people gathered at the rec center to sing, dance and tell stories, Durango Herald, June 18, 2017

First ‘Juneteenth’ event to be held at recreation center, Durango Herald, June 13, 2017

Jordan World Circus to draw animal-rights protest Saturday, Durango Herald, June 1, 2017

Invitation Video to Dr. Nocella's keynote talk at the La Plata County Democractic Party annual dinner, May 13, 2017

We Need to be in Tune with the Needs of the People, DurangoStories.org, 2017

A Minority Serving An Institution, DurangoStories.org, 2017

La Plata Democrats present 30th annual Roosevelt Dinner, Durango Herald, May 7, 2017

Prosecutor drops charges against Fort Lewis College professor who demonstrated, Durango Herald, April 7, 2017

Ideas for a better justice system: FLC’s 2nd Annual Transformative Justice, Prison Abolition, and Anarchist Criminology Conference seeks alternative solutions to punitive system, DGO, March 22, 2017.

Trial set for Fort Lewis College professor, The Durango Herald, March 1, 2017.

The Home Front: Airport-style body scanners in a Colorado jail?, The Colorado Independent, February 6, 2017.

Activism blends with academics for Fort Lewis College professor: Anthony Nocella encourages students to work for change, The Durango Herald, February 5, 2017.

Standing together: Locals react to election with support, education and solidarity, The Durango Telegraph, January 19, 2017.

Inauguration Day will bring celebrations, activism to Durango, The Durango Herald, January 12, 2017.

Dakota Access oil pipeline won't get easement, The Durango Herald, December 4, 2016.

Pipeline protesters take demonstration to CEO’s Pagosa Springs home, The Durango Herald, November 30, 2016.

FLC students return from Standing Rock, The Durango Herald, November 27, 2016

Durangoans head to Standing Rock to protest pipeline, The Durango Herald, November 23, 2016.

Caravan set to join Standing Rock protest, The Durango Herald, November 18, 2016.

Trigger Warnings and Safe Spaces: What are they for?, The Independent, September 21, 2016.

Rally remembers Freddie Gray, The Durango Herald, July 27, 2016.

Santa Rita Park rally aims to educate about racial profiling, The Durango Herald, July 7, 2016.

Black students unite at Fort Lewis College, The Journal, April 26, 2016.

Black students unite at Fort Lewis College; FLC group supports minorities, promotes diversity, The Durango Herald, April 25, 2016.

Fort Lewis students march for decolonization, The Journal, April 4, 2016.

Fort Lewis students march for decolonization; Students describe ways to ‘create something better’, The Durango Herald, April 2, 2016.

Counterrally planned to confront Confederate flag ride; Organizers aim to defy display of Confederate symbol, The Durango Herald, March 4, 2016.

Fort Lewis College students to hold vigil for Trayvon Martin, The Durango Herald, February 25, 2016.

‘Slut’ walk on Fort Lewis College campus in Durango an effort to help end sexism, rape culture
Students want to be part of conversation about objectification of women
, The Durango Herald, December 8, 2015.

Formation of Black Student Union: New Club at FLC, The Independent, December 2, 2015.

Animal rights conference calls for intersectional activism, The Miscellany News, December 2, 2015.

Fort Lewis College students call for end to racism on campuses; New group seeks better representation for African-Americans, The Durango Herald, November 17, 2015.

Sociology Students Illuminate Youth Justice Month: School Pushout, The Independent, November 3, 2015.

Dr. Nocella weighs in on the impact of corporate investment in higher education for The Corporate University, appearing in the October 2015 issue of Critical Education.

Total Liberation Radio interviewed Dr. Nocella in October, 2015 about Anarchism and Animal Liberation, a book he co-edited and published in 2015.  

Animal Charity Evaluators interviewd Dr. Nocella in October, 2015 to learn how he defines critical animal studies and why he founded the field and the Institute for Critical Animal Studies.

Hundreds Of Students Walk Out For Mpls. Black Lives Matter Rally, CBS Minnesota, May 1, 2015.

Mall of America protesters enter pleas, supporters vow boycott, Twin Cities Pioneer Press, March 9, 2015.

Anthony Nocella, Institute For Critical Animal Studies, Responsible Eating and Living (REAL), June 3, 2014.

Video: Breaking school-to-prison pipelines, Twin Cities Daily Planet, May 22, 2014.

New Abolitionists Radio Weekly, Black Media Matters, May 21, 2014.

Total Liberation Radio, May 1, 2014.

the Iconocast: Jesus Radicals Interview, August 15, 2013

Rabble.ca “War on Youth: (In)justice System," April 12 2013

The Rise of Eco-Ability Movement, ARZone Podcasts, March 29, 2013.

Spokesman Recorder – “Harlem Shake videos spark effort to ‘resist the fad,” March 27, 2013

AR Zone Interview (2012 Review), January 30, 2013

AR Zone Interview (Bill Rodgers Remembrance Day), December 22, 2012

Spokesman Recorder – “Deconstructing the School to Prison Pipeline,” September 12, 2012

AR Zone Interview (Personal Interview), June 11, 2012

The Oracle “A Collective Movement,” May 7, 2012

The Oracle “Students learn to SOAR, January 24, 2012

Spokesman Recorder – “Hip Hop Activism Against Youth Behind Bars off to a Slow Start,” November 23, 2011

The Oracle “Studies of the Street? Hamline puts Hip-Hop into  Perspective, November 15, 2011

The Oracle “Professor Translates hip-hop to the classroom, November 14, 2011

With help of donation, Hillbrook hopes kids tune in to DJ class, The Post Standard, August 3, 2010.

SUNY Cortland “Panelists to Discuss Editorial Critiquing the University on Oct. 8,” October 1, 2009

Daily Orange “Panel members discuss terrorism in context of Remembrance Week,” November 1, 2005

Daily Orange – “Living on the edge: Active culture revolves around music, moral responsibilities,” March 20, 2006

Daily Orange “Dhafir honored by international human rights group,” February 15, 2006

Daily Orange “Conference to educate, advocate animal rights,” April 22, 2004

Daily Orange “Forum Addresses Community Concerns about Peace Officers,” February 19, 2004

Democracy Now! – “Peace Protests Continue Despite President Bush’s Dismissal of the Anti-War Movement As a Mere ‘Focus Group',” February 20, 2003

Peace banner-drop lands two in jail, KPFT News, February 19, 2003.

No Compromise Magazine “Tripods Blockade Texas Aquarium," Fall/Winter 2000/2001

Selected Peer Reviewed Published Books

The Intersectionality of Critical Animal, Disability, and Environmental Studies Toward Eco-ability, Justice, and Liberation, co-edited by Dr. Nocella, Rowman and Littlefield, May, 2017

Addressing Environmental and Food Justice toward Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline: Poisoning and Imprisoning Youth, co-editor with K. Animashaun Ducre and John Lupinacci, Palgrave Macmillan, 1st ed. 2017 edition (July 19, 2016)

This Place is Hell: Poetry & Art by Minnesota Youth Incarcerated, co-editor with Poetry Behind the Walls and Save the Kids editorial teams, Arissa Media Group, LLC, 2016

Anarchism and Animal Liberation, co-edited with Richard J. White and Erika Cudworth, McFarland Publishing, 2015

From Education to Incarceration: Dismantling the School to Prison Pipeline, co-edited with David Stovall and Priya Parmar, Peter Lang Publishing, 2014

Defining Critical Animal Studies, co-edited with John Sorenson, Kim Socha, and Atsuko Matsuoka, Peter Lang Publishing, 2014

Animals and War, co-edited with Colin Salter and Judy Bentley, Lexington Books, 2014

The End of Prisons: Reflections from the Decarceration Movement, co-edited with Mechthild E. Nagel, Rodopi, 2013

Earth, Animal, and Disability Liberation: The Rise of the Eco-Ability Movement, co-edited with Judy Bentley and Janet Duncan, Peter Lang Publishing, 2012

Selected Peer Reviewed Articles

“Old School, New School, No School: Hip Hop Dismantling of Schools and Prison Industrial Complexes,” co-authored with Kim Socha, International Critical Pedagogy Journal, 2013

“Animal Advocates for Prison and Slave Abolition: A Transformative Justice Approach to Movement Politics for an End to Racism,” Journal for Critical Animal Studies, 2012

“Challenging Whiteness in the Animal Advocacy Movement,” Journal for Critical Animal Studies, 2012

“Conflict Analysis of Environmentalists and Animal Advocates: Reflections on Alliance Politics in Action,” Peace Studies Journal, 2012

“An Overview of the History and Theory of Transformative Justice,” Peace and Conflict Review, 2011

Selected Book Chapters

 “Transformative Justice and Conflict Transformation,” In Educating for Change: Strategies to Ignite Social Justice (New Society Press, 2014).

 “A Critical Animal and Peace Studies Argument to Ending All Wars,” In Animals and War: Confronting the Military-Animal Industrial Complex (Lexington Books, 2014).

“Imprisoning Dissent,” In The End of Prisons: Reflections from the De-Institutionalization Movement (Rodopi Press, 2012).

“Anarchy in the Academy: Staying True to Anarchism as an Academic-Activist,co-authored with Caroline Kaltefleiter. In Anarchist Pedagogies: Collective Actions, Theories, and Critical Reflections on Education (AK Press, 2012).

“Understanding the ALF: From Critical Analysis to Critical Pedagogy,” In Terrorists or Freedom Fighters? Reflections on the Liberation of Animals (Lantern Books, 2004).

Selected Peer-Reviewed Presentations

Book Talk – Terrorization of Dissent: Corporate Repression, Legal Corruption, and the Animal Enterprise Terrorism, Act 14th Annual North American Conference for Critical Animal Studies, Binghamton University, NY, April 18, 2015

Critical Animal Studies and the Role of Educator, 14th Annual North American Conference for Critical Animal Studies, Binghamton University, NY, April 17, 2015

Challenging Racism and Ableism within Animal Advocacy, 14th Annual North American Conference for Critical Animal Studies, Binghamton University, NY, April 17, 2015

Terrorization: An Eco-ability Perspective on Defining Stigmatization as Repression and Ableism, Society for Disability Studies Conference, Minneapolis, MN, June 11 – 14, 2014

Selected Awards and Honors

“Animals and War” Peace Studies Book of the Year, Center New York Peace Studies Consortium, 2013

Outstanding Youth Organizer of the Year, Save the Kids, 2013

Research Scholarship, Hamline University American Association of University Professors 2012, Hamline University

Visiting Scholar, SUNY Cortland's Center for Ethics, Peace and Social Justice (CEPS) 2008-2009

Visiting Scholar, SUNY Cortland's Center for Ethics, Peace and Social Justice (CEPS) 2007-2008