School of Integrative Studies
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Faculty Publish Groundbreaking Studies on Social Justice Activist Burnout

Cher Chen and Paul Gorski, core faculty members in Mason's Social Justice and Human Rights programs, recently published three groundbreaking articles based on their interview study of social justice and human rights activists who have experienced and recovered from activist burnout. 

Their lead article, Burnout in Social Justice and Human Rights Activists: Symptoms, Causes, and Implications, was published in the Journal of Human Rights Practice in October 2015. In this article they share their primary findings based on in-depth interviews with 22 social justice and human rights activists across the United States. Theirs is the first study ever published that looked at the experience of activist burnout across a variety of social justice movements. 

A copy of the article can be found here.

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