Joyce Apsel, Ph. D.

Clinical Assistant Professor of Liberal Studies at New York University
Ida E. King Distinguished Visiting Professor during Spring of 2009

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r. Apsel is the author and/or editor of many essays, reviews and books, including Darfur: Genocide Before Our Eyes (2007). She is is currently the President of the Institute for the Study of Genocide and had served as the President of the International Association of Genocide Scholars until recent years. Dr. Apsel is the director of RightsWorks International, established in 1999 to promote peace, human rights and genocide education around the world. Most recently, she has co-edited Genocide Matters: Ongoing Issues and Emerging Perspectives with Ernesto Verdeja (Routledge 2013).

Dr. Apsel has also published a series of articles on genocide, children’s rights, peace museums, and human rights education. Recent articles include: “Darfur: Historic Processes and Regional Dynamics” (Human Rights Review)—a recipient of the 2010 American Sociological Association Outstanding Article Award of the Peace, War and Conflict Section; “Educating a New Generation: The Model of the Genocide & Human Rights University Program” Human Rights.

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Ph.D., University of Rochester J.D., Rutgers Law School

Areas of Expertise:
Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Comparative Genocide; Human Rights and Humanitarianism; Children’s Rights, and Education

Selected Publications Include:

  • Barrett, Clive, and Joyce Apsel. Museums for Peace: Transforming Cultures. The Hague: International Network of Museums for Peace, 2012.
  • Genocide Matters: Ongoing Issues and Emerging Perspectives. Edited with Ernesto Verdeja, London: Routledge, 2013.
  • Museums for Peace: Past, Present and Future. Edited with Ikuro Anzai and Sikander Mehdi, Kyoto: International Network of Museums for Peace, 2008.
  • “On Our Watch: The Genocide Convention and the Deadly, Ongoing Case of Darfur and Sudan” Rutgers Law Review 61:1 Fall 2008: 54-74.
  • Darfur: Genocide before Our Eyes. New York: Institute for the Study of Genocide, 2005.
  • “The Challenges of Human Rights Education and the Impact on Children’s Rights” (2005) in Ensalco and Maja, eds. Children’s Human Rights, Routledge: 229-246.
  • Teaching about Human Rights. Washington, DC: American Sociological Association, 2005.
  • Moral Dilemmas and Pedagogical Challenges in Teaching about Genocide”, Human Rights Review 5:4 2004: 104-129.