Hello! 👋


I’m Joel Izlar (my last name rhymes with the licorice candy Twizzler) and welcome to my personal site.

If you’ve accidentally come across this page — or even intentionally for that matter — I must warn you that it’s pretty boring.

You might be better off looking at the 500 cutest animals or listening to some cool music from Tanzania.

Who Is This Guy? 🤔

I’m a Dad, social scientist, educator, tea head, noise rock enthusiast, and manic depressive. My pronouns are he/him.

I have a decade of experience as a community worker and organizer and have worked with a number of community organizations in the US Deep South focused on ecosocial welfare, mutual aid, poverty, homelessness, food justice, immigration, youth, elders, digital justice, ecosocial justice, and economic justice. I now spend my time researching, teaching, and publishing on community work.

I was trained in the feminist, participatory tradition, where the focus is on organizing community, not community organizing.

I believe that long-term, project-based organizing based upon mutual aid acts as a more reliable model for lasting social change than common methods that emphasize top-down, masculinist, short-term “battles” and “wins.”

This site isn’t updated very often, but I am somewhat active on Mastodon (@joelizlar), so join me there!

If you would like to support my work, please consider contributing to my tip jar.

Unless otherwise noted, all site content is licensed under the Creative Commons-Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivatives 4.0 International Public License.