Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick

Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick
Phone: (619) 260-7948
Office: Kroc Inst for Peace & Justice 124

Assistant Professor, Program Advisor, Peacebuilding and Social Innovation Minor

  • PhD, Sociology, University of Notre Dame
  • MA, Sociology, University of Notre Dame
  • MS, International Studies, University of Denver
  • BS, Mass Communication, Middle Tennessee State University

Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick, PhD, is a writer and professor at the Kroc School of Peace Studies at the University of San Diego. He is the author of What Slaveholders Think: How Contemporary Perpetrators Rationalize What They Do (2017) and co-editor of From Human Trafficking to Human Rights (2012). His work focuses on politics, culture, technology and social change broadly and in a new book he focuses on how social movements use technology. His work can also be found in Slate and Huffington Post or at and twitter (@achoifitz).

Scholarly Work

Choi-Fitzpatrick, Austin. Forthcoming. Ties that Bind: Contemporary Slavery, Social Movements, and the Slaveholder’s Dilemma. Columbia University Press.

Choi-Fitzpatrick, Austin. 2016. Guest Editor, Special Issue of the Journal of Human Trafficking on ‘Slaveholders and Traffickers.’ 2(1).

Choi-Fitzpatrick, Austin. 2016. “The Good, the Bad, the Ugly: Human Rights Violators in Comparative Perspective.” Journal of Human Trafficking 2(1).

Choi-Fitzpatrick, Austin. 2016. “From Rescue to Representation: A Human Rights Approach to the Contemporary Anti-Slavery Movement.” Journal of Human Rights. (doi: 10.1080/14754835.2015.1032222)

Choi-Fitzpatrick, Austin and Tautvydas Juskauskas. 2015. “Up in the Air: Applying the Jacobs Crowd Formula to Drone Imagery.” Procedia Engineering 107: 273-281. (doi:10.1016/j.proeng.2015.06.082)

Choi-Fitzpatrick, Austin. 2015. “Democracy and its Appearances: Staging and Scripting the Iron Law.” Social Movement Studies. 14(2): 123-141 (doi 10.1080/14742837.2014.945158).

Vaidyanathan Brandon, Michael Strand, Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick, Thomas Buschman, Meghan Davis, and Amanda Varela. 2015. “Causality in Contemporary American Sociology: An Empirical Assessment and Critique.” Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour. (doi: 10.1111/jtsb.12081)

Choi-Fitzpatrick, Austin. 2014. “Drones for Good: Technological Innovation, Social Movements and the State. Journal of International Affairs. Volume 68; Number 1. 1-18.

Brysk, Alison and Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick (eds). 2012. From Human Trafficking to Human Rights: Rethinking Contemporary Slavery. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press (Series on Human Rights).

McVeigh, Rory, Josh Dinsman, Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick, and Priyamvada Trivedi. 2011. “Obama vs. Clinton: Categorical Boundaries and Intra-Party Electoral Outcomes.” Social Problems 58(1): 47-68.

Full list of publications.

Areas of Interest

  • Human rights
  • Social movements
  • Technology
  • Social change
  • Slavery/Trafficking
  • Drones