Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick

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

Assistant Professor

  • PhD, Sociology, University of Notre Dame

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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. Choi-Fitzpatrick is a concurrent associate professor of social movements and human rights at the University of Nottingham’s School of Sociology and Social Policy. Additional information can be found at Additional non-information can be found on Instagram and on Twitter @achoifitz. Google can point you to Austin’s engagement with the infosphere: popular publications, blogs, podcasts, videos, GIFs, and whatever’s next.

Scholarly Work

Books and Edited Work

Choi-Fitzpatrick, Austin. Soonish. Drones and Satellites for the Public Good. A University Press.  

Choi-Fitzpatrick, Austin. 2017. What Slaveholders Think: How Contemporary Perpetrators Rationalize What They Do. Columbia University Press.

Choi-Fitzpatrick, Austin (ed). 2016. Journal of Human Trafficking. Special Issue 2(1): “Slaveholders and Traffickers.”

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

Recent Articles on Human Rights and Social Movements

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

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

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.

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

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.

Recent Articles on Technology and Engineering

Elizabeth Reddy, Gordon Hoople, Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick. 2018. “Peace Engineering: Investigating Multidisciplinary and Interdisciplinary Effects in a Team-Based Course About Drones”, in American Society for Engineering Education.

Gordon Hoople, Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick. 2017. “Engineering Empathy: A Multidisciplinary Approach Combining Engineering, Peace Studies, and New Technology,” in American Society for Engineering Education, Cleveland, Ohio.

Choi-Fitzpatrick, Austin and Tautvydas Juskauskas. 2015. “Up in the Air: Applying the Jacobs Crowd Formula to Drone Imagery.” Procedia Engineering 107.

Areas of Interest

  • Social movements
  • Slavery/Trafficking
  • Social change
  • Human rights
  • Technology
  • Freedom
  • Memory