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Professor King to teach with the Genocide and Human Rights University Program this summer

Please read below for more information on the Genocide and Human Rights University Program, and Professor Elisabeth King. Also, follow the link here for the Genocide and Human Rights University Program website. 

The mission of the Genocide and Human Rights University Program is to help develop a new generation of scholars to engage in research and publication in the field of genocide and human rights studies. This goal is achieved through a comparative and interdisciplinary analysis of such cases of genocide as the Jewish Holocaust, the Cambodian Genocide, and the Rwandan Genocide, among others, using the Armenian Genocide, the archetypal genocide of the 20th century, as the point of reference. The program also seeks to help develop an academic level educational support system for those who wish to work toward the prevention of genocide. The program strives to show, through the study and sharing of the genocidal traumas of many peoples, that genocide is a universal human experience and that, as such, it must be the concern of all individuals and institutions.

- K.M. (Greg) Sarkissian, President


Elisabeth King is Associate Professor of International Education and Politics at New York University. Her research interests include conflict, peacebuilding and development, especially in sub-Saharan Africa. She is author of From Classrooms to Conflict in Rwanda (Cambridge University Press, 2014), which earned her the Outstanding Canadians Leadership Award from the Ontario History and Social Science Teachers Association. Dr. King is also the author of a number of articles in the field of genocide studies, including ““Memory Controversies in Post-Genocide Rwanda: Implications for Peacebuilding” (Genocide Studies and Prevention, 2010) and “From data problems to data points: challenges and opportunities of research in post-genocide Rwanda” (African Studies Review, 2009). Her research has been supported by such organisations as the United States Institute for Peace, the Folke Bernadotte Academy, and the United Nations Development Program. Dr. King received her PhD from the university of Toronto in 2008 and was a postdoctoral research fellow at Columbia University and a fellow at the Balsillie School of International Affairs. She was a student in the Genocide and Human Rights University Program in 2007 and counts it among her most important learning opportunities during graduate school.