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Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer, M.Div., associate professor of justice and peace studies at St. Thomas, is a nationally recognized teacher, writer, public speaker, and activist committed to nonviolent social change. He has focused his life and work on showing linkages between faith and critical political, economic and social issues. He has written extensively on issues of hunger, poverty, U.S. foreign policy, the historical Jesus, problems of God and violence, and authentic hope. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, and a Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York City.
Jack served as National Program Coordinator of the Politics of Food Program with Clergy & Laity Concerned from 1977 to 1981. He directed the Minnesota-based Hunger and Justice Project for the American Lutheran Church and Lutheran Church in America from 1982 to 1984. He and his wife Sara co-directed a house of studies in Managua, Nicaragua for the Center for Global Education, a program of Augsburg College from 1984-1986. Currently, he is active in the national movement to close the U.S. Army School of the Americas (SOA; renamed the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation: WHISC or WHINSEC), a U.S. military training school that trains Latin American soldiers and has been linked to human rights atrocities.
At St. Thomas, Jack teaches JPST 250: Introduction to Justice and Peace Studies; JPST 280: Active Nonviolence; THEO 421: Theologies of Justice and Peace; JPST 355: Public Policy Analysis and Advocacy; and occasional topics courses.
He is the author of numerous articles and books on faith, hunger, the arms race and U.S. foreign policy. His books include:
Hunger for Justice: the Politics of Food and Faith (Orbis Books, 1980),
Jack has three daughters. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife Sara and is active in the faith-based Community of St. Martin.