Joel Day

Visiting Scholar

  • Ph.D., International Studies, University of Denver
  • M.A., International Relations, University of San Diego
  • B.A., Political Science, Point Loma Nazarene University

Joel Day is a visiting research scholar at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, focusing on the intersection of religious ideology, political violence and local civil resistance and resilience to violence. He is currently examining puzzles such as how U.S. cities can build resilience to ideological violence and promote social justice, how the globalization of the ISIS brand impacts peace and security, and whether highly sectarian conflicts around the world can be “de-sectarianized.”

Day is the executive director of the City of San Diego’s Human Relations Commission and International Affairs Board. Prior to this, Day was assistant professor of security and global studies at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell; research associate at the Center for Terrorism and Security Studies; and research fellow at the Sie Center for International Security and Diplomacy. He has conducted fieldwork throughout settlements in the West Bank and with former civil war combatants in Sierra Leone. Day’s research has been published in the Journal of Peace Research, Perspectives on Terrorism, and Journal of Strategic Security. He has provided commentary to national news outlets including the Atlantic, Al Jazeera, CBS, ABC, and NBC affiliates, the Boston Globe, and the Associated Press.

In his capacity with the City of San Diego, he advises the mayor and City Council on issues of human rights, inclusion and global engagement. He previously served as operations director of an international nonprofit fighting against human trafficking, as a staffer and foreign policy advisor to several congressional campaigns, and as operations director for a U.S. presidential campaign.

Day holds a PhD in international studies from the University of Denver, an MA in international relations from the University of San Diego, and a BA in political science from Point Loma Nazarene University.