Mike Klein

University of St. Thomas

Mike Klein, Ed.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Justice and Peace Studies at the University of St. Thomas. He teaches undergraduate courses on Leadership for Social Justice, Conflict Analysis and Transformation, Introduction to Justice and Peace Studies, and seminars in: vocational discernment, art and social change, and coffee as lens for interdisciplinary analysis. He also teaches graduate courses on critical education in social movements and the pedagogy of Paulo Freire. His research and publishing focus on: leadership, peace education, critical pedagogy, popular film in peace studies, and service-learning; including a chapter entitled Popular Film and Peace Studies: Conscientization In and Through Film,contributed to the edited volume "Teaching Peace through Popular Culture"

Klein received a 2007 Bush Foundation Leadership Fellowship for doctoral research on ritualizing leadership for democratic decision-making and action. He completed the James P. Shannon Leadership Institute in 2011, and consults with the Neighborhood Leadership Program at the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation.

A muralist focused on community-based projects, Klein has worked with participants in boxing and African dance programs, a youth farm project, a multi-cultural immigrant community, an alternative high school, a crisis nursery, and a food program for people living with HIV/AIDS.

He lives with his wife Theresa, daughter Mikayla, and dog Maggie in St. Paul, Minnesota.