Visiting Scholars

Visiting Scholars

Daniel Fernández has directed and coordinated multidisciplinary teams that have developed social media projects exploring the nature of social conflicts since 2003, www.lagartofernandez.info. He has sensed the realities of international protracted conflicts, and has delved into the importance of Memory and Intercultural Dialogue, being interested in learning from non-westerner perspectives to dealing with the past and envisioning present and future global coexistence. He has  collaborated as a senior communications and education consultant, having worked for educational and advocacy peace programs with local and international institutions. Some of his projects have become tools for mediation in racial conflicts among high school students, and three of his documentaries are now part of the syllabus in secondary education and university instruction in Catalonia. His interest lies in analyzing local realities without forgetting their validity in a global context, giving special importance to personal testimonies, as their voice a much-valued experience in the search for innovative approaches for Peace Education and Conflict Transformation learning processes.

Federico Gaitan Hairabedian is a criminal law attorney specialized in human rights law. He has represented victims of Argentina´s last military dictatorship, prosecuting its past human rights violations and crimes against humanity. Since 2014, Federico has been the lead private prosecutor in the ESMA and Death Flights Mega Trial on behalf of the Centro de Estudios Legales y Sociales of Argentina (CELS), which involves 56 accused and over 800 victims. Federico also serves as the President of the Argentinean Armenian NGO Luisa Hairabedian Foundation. He shepherded the foundation´s efforts to obtain the first ever judicial recognition of the Armenian Genocide in the world, when in 2011 an Argentine federal court held that the events of 1915 constituted genocide under Argentine law, international human rights law and the UN Genocide Convention. His work with the foundation is currently focused on developing genocide and human rights programs in Argentinian secondary and post secondary academic curriculums. Federico earned his law degree from the Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA), a specialization in criminal law from Universidad Torcuato Di Tella (UTDT), and a certificate in International Human Rights Law and Humanitarian Law from American University Washington College of Law (AU-WCL). Federico is fluent in English and Spanish.

Igor A. Kotler (2011-16) taught Jewish, Russian, Soviet, American and World history at UCLA, the University of Judaism, FIDM, Golden Gate University and Moorpark College in California and religion at the University of Phoenix. He served as Historian at Survivors of the Shoa Visual History Foundation in Los Angeles and as Senior Historian at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York. Currently he is President and Executive Director of the Museum of Human Rights, Freedom and Tolerance, Adjunct Professor of the University of Phoenix and President of the American Council on the Holocaust and Jewish Resistance. Igor A. Kotler published over 30 articles and book chapters in several languages. At CGHR Igor A. Kotler is conducting research for the exhibitions and programs of the Museum of Human Rights, Freedom and Tolerance, studying the development of nationalism and human rights in the former Soviet Union, and participating in seminars and other educational activities of the Center.

Jordi Palou Loverdos is a lawyer, mediator, and national and international conflict resolution consultant. He holds a law degree, a master’s degree in Criminal Law from the University of Barcelona (where he is perusing a PhD), and a master’s in Mediation and Conflict Resolution from the Ramon Llull University of Barcelona. He is co-director of AEQUITAS – Mediation and Alternative Conflict Resolution (ACR) Service Office, a center specializing in Conflict Resolution and Transformation in families, organizations, penal, judicial, communities, and international conflicts (African Great Lakes). He lectures Mediation, Conflict Resolution, and Transitional Justice at various Spanish Universities: Ramon Llull University, Autonomous University of Barcelona, and Balear Islands University. He is member of Barcelona´s BAR and of the Human Rights Institute of the International BAR Association, among other national and international Human Right´s NGO´s. He is also a member of the International Criminal BAR and lawyer at the International Criminal Court based in Den Haag. In 2004, he was awarded the First Prize of the Catalan Association for the Development of Mediation and Arbitration when marking its 10th Anniversary with his research work: “Mediation in Conflict: towards a harmonious boomerang.”

The main research he has published are: COLUMNA: Objection, A Pacifist Revolution (1998), co-author of book; CENTRE D’ESTUDIS JURÍDICS I FORMACIÓ ESPECIALITZADA (2001) (Generalitat de Catalunya): Family Mediation; TIRANT LO BLANCH (2004): War and Peace at Work: Conflicts in the Field Organizations; REVISTA ELECTRONICA DE ESTUDIOS INTERNACIONALES (2007): War Crimes Against Spanish, Rwandese, and Congolese in Central Africa. He has also written various articles and reports on law and justice as well as on conflict analysis, mediation, and alternative dispute resolution in specialized magazines.

He became interested in the defense of human rights of individuals and collectives in unfavorable social situations at an early age. While studying law, he declared himself a conscientious objector to serve in the armed forces and organized and monitored workshops in a school-farm and refuge-home for people under age who are subject to juvenile justice courts. After finishing his university studies, he became specialized in criminal rights and lawsuit penal rights. He volunteered to take on the responsibility for judicial assessment and mediation services in conflicts at the ESCO Foundation in the Raval district in Barcelona and to provide people in crisis and socially neglected people with judicial support and peaceful conflict resolution. As head and coordinator in the pacifist civil disobedience campaign of conscientious objectors to Compulsory Military Service, organized by the Association of Conscientious Objectors (AOC) / Peace Movement, he took on the legal defense and assistance in oral trials of about 50 conscientious objectors until the abolition of the compulsory military service in Spain was achieved. He heads several theoretical and practical initiatives and investigations in the field of mediation and peaceful conflict resolution, initiating his students into the practice of the non-violent martial art known as Aikido, and is a trainee himself in mediation techniques and other methods of peaceful conflict resolution in his own country, as well as in India, Bolivia, and in Vermont (USA) with the spiritual leader of the Native American Cherokees community.

Since 2001, he has assumed the legal representation of Catalan, Spanish, Rwandese, and Congolese victims in the Conflict in Central Africa, as well as of the International Forum for Truth and Justice in the African Great Lakes, meeting victims, relatives of victims, witnesses and experts in Europe, Africa, the United States, and Canada so as to succeed in an international action in favor of truth and justice. J. Palou Loverdos is also a facilitator and responsible of the Inter-Rwandese-Dialogue (DIR).

Humberto Schettino (2014-16) is a visiting scholar at the Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights, where he will be the Co-Leader of the Argentina Trial Monitor, and team member of the International Working Group on Latin America He holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research where he was a Fulbright Scholar. He has has a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research. He has been professor of political theory at the Autonomous Metropolitan University - Campus Iztapalapa in Mexico City, as well as at the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters and the Institute of Philosophical Research of the National Autonomous University of Mexico. He has been an adjunct professor of ethics and political theory at Rutgers University, both in New Brunswick and Newark. Currently he is Vice-President of BookLinks Publishing Services, and is about to complete a book on Machiavelli's defense of politics.

Kerry Whigham received a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from New York University, where his dissertation was passed with distinction. He is the recipient of the Corrigan Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, the Franco Coli Dissertation Award, and NYU’s Global Research Initiative Fellowship in Berlin. He has published articles in The Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies, Tourist Studies, Material Culture, Women and Performance, and Museum and Society, and has written a chapter for the edited volume Reconstructing Atrocity Prevention, which was published by Cambridge University Press in 2015. He served for two years as the managing editor of emisférica, a biannual, trilingual, peer-reviewed journal on performance and politics in the Americas, published by the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics. Currently, he is a Visiting Scholar at Rutgers University's Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights, as well as a member of the faculty consortium for Stockton University's graduate certificate program in genocide prevention and a Fellow-in-Residence at the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation.

Natasha Zaretsky, Ph.D. is a cultural anthropologist focusing on human rights, genocide, migration, and the politics of memory and truth in the Americas.  A former Fulbright scholar, she earned her doctorate in cultural anthropology from Princeton University and has taught courses in anthropology, Latin American Studies, human rights, comparative genocide, and writing at Princeton University, Rutgers University, and New York University. Her book, Landscapes of Memory and Impunity: The Aftermath of the AMIA Bombing in Jewish Argentina (co-edited with A.H. Levine; Brill 2015) examines the importance of memorial practices as spaces for citizenship and survival in the wake of violence. Her writing has also appeared in The Tablet, Latin America Goes Global, and Foreign Affairs.  Broader research interests include the role of memory and truth in rebuilding communities and nations in the Americas, and the impact of genocide and human rights on diaspora communities.  In addition to her work in Latin America, her research also focuses on undocumented migrants in the US and post-Soviet Jewish communities, and art and the public sphere in Cuba. Currently, she is a Senior Lecturer at New York University and a Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights at Rutgers University, where she leads the Truth in the Americas project. She is now finishing her manuscript about memory and human rights in Argentina, Disruption: The Temporalities of Citizenship and Survival, and working on a documentary film, City of Memory, based on her research in Argentina.

Previous Visiting Scholars

Robert Borofsky (2015-16) is the Director of the Center for a Public Anthropology as well as Professor of Anthropology at Hawaii Pacific and Editor of the California Series in Public Anthropology.  Well published (with 6 authored or edited books) and well cited (in Google Scholar), he is currently working on two major projects.  First, in association with Altmetric.com, he is developing a metric for assessing the public impact of anthropological work.  Rather than focusing on media citations per se, he is focusing on the degree to which anthropological articles are referenced in media outlets worldwide. The project hopes to draw more anthropologists into writing for and engaging with the broader public.  The second project involves a patented means for assessing critical thinking, problem-solving, and effective writing to help students improve in these key areas during their years at college.  Current research suggests roughly 33% of students do not make any improvement – at all – in these three skills during four years of college.  In respect to critical thinking, only 26% of employers view college graduates as effectively prepared for employment; in terms of written communication, it is 27%.  The project seeks to ensure all students, graduating from college, have a reasonably high level of critical thinking, problem solving and effective writing to increase their chances of leading meaningful, purposeful, and successful lives following graduation. 

Donna Lee Frieze (2015-16) is a Genocide studies scholar, specializing in memory and aftermath studies. Donna is a Research Fellow and teaches the Holocaust at Deakin University, a Visiting Scholar at the Centre for Genocide and Human Rights at Rutgers University and a genocide scholar in residence at the Jewish Holocaust Centre in Melbourne. She taught a graduate unit, Genocide, for over 10 years and has published widely on the Armenian genocide, the Holocaust and the Bosnian genocides in relation to testimony, film and philosophy. She has been invited to speak at Columbia University and to guest lecture at New York University. Donna has been academic advisor for several NY films and genocide exhibitions and Exhibition Curator Scholar for ‘Raphael Lemkin: The Quest to end Genocide’ with the Center for Jewish History for the Google Cultural Institute. She was the 2013-2014 Prins Senior Scholar at the Centre for Jewish History in NYC. Donna is the editor and transcriber of Raphael Lemkin’s autobiography, Totally Unofficial (Yale University Press, 2013) and co-author with Steven Cooke of The Interior of Our Memories’: A History of Melbourne’s Jewish Holocaust Centre, (Hybrid, 2015). Donna is the past First Vice-President of the International Association of Genocide Scholars and a current member of the Advisory Board; and a Board member for the Institute for the Study of Genocide, New York University. In September 2015, Donna was appointed by the Australian Government to the Academia Working Group of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) for two years.

Suren A. Manukyan (2012-13) was a visiting scholar at the Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights. He is conducting research as a Fulbright Scholar on Sociology of the Armenian Genocide. Suren A. Manukyan is a Ph.D .and currently a Deputy Director at the Armenian Genocide Museum & Institute, Yerevan, Armenia. He is a lecturer at the departments of History, Oriental Studies, and International Relations of Yerevan State University and Yerevan Gladzor University. Suren A. Manukyan published over 20 articles in several languages and has participated in conferences and workshops in Armenia, Hungary, Ukraine, Denmark, Norway, Italy and Turkey.

Laura McGrew (2012-14) was a visiting scholar at the Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights. She has a Ph.D. in Peace Studies from Coventry University, and a Masters in Public Policy from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International studies. Her doctoral dissertation was “An Analysis of Reconciliation in Cambodia: Victims and Perpetrators Living Together, Apart.” She is currently working on writing projects related to her doctoral research, as well as a recent research project on the impact of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia. She is the author of several articles on transitional justice, governance and peacebuilding, primarily related to Cambodia. She has given numerous presentations on a variety of subjects related to peacebuilding and transitional justice. Laura McGrew is a consultant for various organizations and has worked with the United Nations and NGOs in Cambodia, the Thai-Cambodian border, Bosnia, Rwanda, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Nepal, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Guinea, and the U.S., in the fields of development, human rights, rule of law, peacebuilding, and coexistence. 

Khatchig Mouradian (2013-16) is a visiting assistant professor at the Division of Global Affairs at Rutgers University and the coordinator of the Armenian Genocide Program at the university’s Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights (CGHR). He teaches courses on imperialism, mass violence, and concentration camps in the history and sociology departments at Rutgers. Mouradian is also adjunct professor at the philosophy and urban studies departments at Worcester State University. Mouradian holds a Ph.D. in history from the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University, and a graduate certificate in conflict resolution from UMass Boston. 

Masaya Nemoto (2010-11) was a visiting scholar at the Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights from April to December 2010. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in cultural anthropology at Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo, Japan (M.A., Hitotsubashi University, 2006). Since 2004, he has conducted ethnographic research on sufferings of atomic bomb survivors in Hiroshima, Japan, their memories of the catastrophe, and the way in which they have renegotiated with socially-constructed representations of Hiroshima and themselves. He has received several fellowships and grants including Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Research Fellowship for Young Scientists (2009-2011).

Makiko Oku (2012-16) is the Gender Program Leader and Visiting Scholar at CGHR. Her research and advocacy work center on gender, violence, and human rights. She has worked on issues pertaining to sexual and gender-based violence in armed conflict; reconciliation (or lack thereof) of “comfort women” in Asia; and victimhood and memorialization in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. She is also interested in women's advancement and empowerment in Japan. She is currently working to launch a device or product that prevents or stops sexual violence, collaborating with innovators through design thinking. She received her Ph.D. in Global Affairs from Rutgers University 2011. Her dissertation is entitled "Shades of Life and Death: Biopolitics and Liminality of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in Armed Conflict" in which she explores gendered violence in armed conflict from a biopolitical perspective and examines how the victims are rendered in a discursive space beyond life and death. It is being edited for publication.

Solimar Pinto Sánchez (2013-14) was a visiting scholar at the Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights. She has a Master’s degree in Social and Solidarity Economy - SSE Projects & Non Profit Organizations from the University of Haute-Alsace, France. With a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Public Administration from Colombia, she has worked and researched population displacement, children, gender studies, risk communities and planning sustainable development projects. She has worked in collaboration with the national and local Colombian government. She supported a large scale rollout of a guidance document on goals and metrics for key social sectors in the decentralized regions funded by the central government of Colombia (e.g., infant feeding in public schools, recreational sports management, low-income housing, cultural and arts events, environmental issues, etc.) She also has participated and collaborated in different international forums of social and solidarity economy in Luxembourg, Montreal, and Colombia with the Intercontinental Network for the Promotion of Social Solidarity Economy- RIPESS. During her time in France and the United States, she has worked with different non-profit organizations for Latin immigrants and refugee rights. She is now starting her research about Colombian displaced population.

Eve Monique Zucker (2015-1016) is a Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights where she is the Team Leader of the ‘Reflections in the Aftermath of War and Violence’ program. She received a PhD in anthropology from the London School of Economics (LSE) and an MA in cultural anthropology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Her research focuses on how people respond to and recover from mass violence and trauma. To this end, she has conducted extensive research in Cambodia (2001-2003, 2010) on the topics of memory, morality, and recovery from war and genocide. Her book, ‘Forest of Struggle: Moralities of Remembrance in Upland Cambodia’ tracks the recovery of a village community in Cambodia’s southwest, a site that was a Khmer Rouge base and battleground for nearly thirty years. At present, she is interested in the role of imagination, empathy, and resilience in survival and recovery from mass violence and trauma. A particular focus for her is the role and impacts of the rescuer in healing, the imagination, and world views of victim survivors and others. Dr. Zucker has taught at several colleges and universities in the US and abroad. She held visiting scholarships at UCSD and the LSE, was a Senior CAORC Fellow at the Center for Khmer Studies and served as board member for the Thailand, Laos, Cambodia Studies Group. She is also a former researcher for the Cambodian Genocide Program.

2007-2016 Visiting Scholars