Genocide Prevention Faculty

Dr. Elisa von Joeden-Forgey is the Director of the Genocide Prevention Certificate Program
, an Associate Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Stockton University in New Jersey, and outgoing First Vice President of the International Association of Genocide Scholars. Prior to this she was a Visiting Scholar and Lecturer in the Department of History at the University of Pennsylvania. She earned her BA in History from Columbia University and a PhD degree in modern German and African history from the University of Pennsylvania. In 2010 and 2011 Dr. von Joeden-Forgey was a workshop coordinator for the Raphael Lemkin Program in Genocide Prevention hosted by the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation in Krakow and Oswiecim, Poland. In 2014 she was chosen as one of thirty-six scholars to join the Stephen S. Weinstein Symposium on Post-Holocaust Ethics at Wroxton College in Oxfordshire, England.

Dr. von Joeden-Forgey has received research grants from the Fulbright Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the Ford Foundation, and the MacArthur Foundation, and has published widely in the fields of comparative genocide and German history. Her current research on race, gender and genocide has appeared in the Journal of Genocide Studies and Prevention, the Oxford Handbook on Genocide, New Directions in Genocide Research, Genocide: A Bibliographic Review, Hidden Genocide: Power, Knowledge and Memory, and the forthcoming collected volumes Reconstructing Atrocity Prevention and Economic Aspects of Genocide, Mass Killing, and Their Prevention. She is currently completing a book on gender and the prevention of genocide that will be published by the University of Pennsylvania Press.

Ms. Samantha Capicotto, JD, is originally from Buffalo, New York. She has been with the Auschwitz Institute since 2010 as the Program Director of the Global Raphael Lemkin Seminar for Genocide Prevention. This is the flagship educational program of the organization bringing 25 government officials together at the former Nazi concentration camps of Auschwitz-Birkenau each year to undergo an intensive course on genocide prevention policy development and implementation. She has also taken on the role of the Director of Policy and Planning in 2014, assisting the Executive Director in the overall programmatic development of the organization. More recently, Ms. Capicotto has spearheaded the publication of AIPR’s annual Booklet on National Mechanisms for the Prevention of Atrocity Crimes, which reports on and monitors the work of intergovernmental bodies dedicated to the prevention of such crimes around the world. Finally, Ms. Capicotto also oversees the U.S. Programs portfolio for the organization, which includes its budding training program for state and local law enforcement officers around the country on the role they play in the protection of human and civil rights and the prevention of mass atrocities here at home.

Ms. Capicotto graduated from St. John’s University School of Law magna cum laude. She is admitted to practice law in New York State and is a member of the American Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association. She graduated valedictorian from her undergraduate studies at the University at Buffalo, with a B.A. in Political Science and a B.A. in Philosophy.

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Dr. Tibi Galis has been the Executive Director of AIPR since 2006. Born and raised in Romania, he earned his B.A. in Law and Political Science from Babes-Bolyai University, in Cluj-Napoca. He received an M.A. in International Politics and Political Development from the University of Manchester, and earned a Ph.D. from the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University, with a focus on transitional justice. Previously Galis worked as an Associate Researcher for the UK Parliament, helping develop the UK position on the UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, and as rapporteur for the Swedish government at the 2004 Stockholm International Forum on the Prevention of Genocide.

Dr. Marion Hussong earned a B.A. in German at Rutgers-Camden and a Ph.D. in Germanic Languages and Literatures at the University of Pennsylvania. She has published extensively on German and Austrian literature and identity in the aftermath of the Holocaust, literature of resistance, and literature of exile.

Dr. Hussong is the associate producer of the documentary Drawing Against Oblivion (winner of eight international awards.) The film traces Austrian artist Manfred Bockelmann’s quest to memorialize children murdered in the Holocaust through large-scale charcoal-on-canvas portraits. Her forthcoming book Drawing against Oblivion: Remembering the Children (2018) traces the stories of previously unidentified children in the portrait series.

At Stockton, Marion Hussong teaches courses on Holocaust and post-Holocaust literature, on literary representations of genocide, children’s literature, 19th and 20th century European literature, and on art and propaganda.

Irene Victoria Massimino, JD, is a lawyer from Argentina serving as an officer of the High Criminal Court of Buenos Aires Province (Tribunal of Cassation); she holds a Master of Laws from Indiana University and Purdue University at Indianapolis School of Law, USA and a Master of Arts in Understanding and Securing Human Rights from the School of Advanced Study of the University of London, UK. She is currently a Head Professor of Human Rights in Latin American in the Department of International Education at the Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero, Argentina. Irene has also taught Criminology, Penology and International Human Rights Law in other public universities in Argentina. She has worked in the field of conflicts, human rights violations and international crimes in Colombia, mainly focusing on external intervention and corporate responsibility. Yet, she has expanded this focus as a scholar to other countries in Latin America. Moreover, she is a member of the Asociación Americana de Juristas (AAJ-American Association of Jurists); a member of the Global Alliance for Justice Education; a member of the Board of Directors of the Argentine NGO Asociación Pensamiento Penal, and a member and Co-Secretary-Treasurer of the International Association of Genocide Scholars.

Dr. Carol Rittner, RSM is Distinguished Professor Emerita of Holocaust & Genocide Studies and the Dr. Marsha Raticoff Grossman Emerita Professor of Holocaust Studies at Stockton University. She is the author or editor of numerous books and essays in various scholarly and educational journals about the Holocaust and other genocides of the 20th and 21st centuries. Carol has lectured around the world – Canada, England, Ireland, Australia, South Africa, Sweden, Cambodia, and Israel, to name a few places, besides the USA.

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Dr. James Waller is Cohen Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Keene State College (NH).   In the policymaking arena, Waller is also regularly involved, in his role as Director of Academic Programs with the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR), as the curriculum developer and lead instructor for the Raphael Lemkin Seminars for Genocide Prevention.  Waller’s book on perpetrators of genocide, Becoming Evil: How Ordinary People Commit Genocide and Mass Killing (Oxford University Press, 2007, 2nd ed.), was praised by Publisher’s Weekly for “clearly and effectively synthesizing a wide range of studies to develop an original and persuasive model of the process by which people can become evil.” His most recent work, Confronting Evil: Engaging Our Responsibility to Prevent Genocide (Oxford University Press, 2016), has been described as “the most comprehensive study of the prevention of genocide yet written.”

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Dr. 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 StudiesMaterial CultureWomen 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, in addition to his work at Stockton University, he is a postdoctoral researcher at Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights, as well as the as well as the Academic Programs Officer for Online Education at the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation.