David Abramowitz currently is Vice President for Policy and Government Relations at Humanity United, a foundation that focuses on building peace and preventing deadly violence, including working on Sudan, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic and atrocity prevention more broadly.Over the course of his ten year career at the Department, he worked on arms control agreements with the then Soviet Union, advised the Department on regional issues relating to the Middle East, and helped the Department guide foreign policy legislation through the U.S. Congress, including legislation reorganizing the foreign affairs agencies.
In 1999, Mr. Abramowitz joined the staff of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the House of Representatives, serving as Democratic Chief Counsel from 1999 to 2006 and as Chief Counsel from 2007 to 2009. In addition to advising members of Congress on constitutional questions and international law issues, including on issues of international war crimes tribunal, international justice and the International Criminal Court, he has worked on such legislation as authorizing the use of the US Armed Forces abroad, Victims of Trafficking and Violence Act of 2000, legislation creating the Millennium Challenge Corporation and legislation implementing the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission. After becoming Chief Counsel to the Committee in 2007, Mr. Abramowitz assisted on the reauthorization of U.S. international HIV/AIDS programs and the Tom Lantos Block Burmese JADE Act, and led efforts to pass the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 and the Foreign Relations Authorization Act of 2009.
Mr. Abramowitz graduated from Kalamazoo College with a B.A. and grom the University of Michigan Law School with a J.D. He is the author of several articles and has testified annually before Congress since he left government. Mr. Abramowitz has also been an adjunct professor at George Washington University School of Law and has been a frequent guest lecturer.
Roy Doron is Assistant Professor of History at Winston-Salem State University. He is the author, with Toyin Falola, of a forthcoming biography of Ken Saro-Wiwa from Ohio University Press as well as several journal articles, book chapters and encyclopedia articles on the Nigerian Civil War. His main research focuses on the Nigerian Civil War and the war’s effect on identity formation and state-society relations. His work is also concerned with the ways that the Biafran government framed their public diplomacy as a war against a genocidal enemy and how that idea has shaped the memory of the war in Nigeria and abroad. Doron received his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin and his B.A. from the University of Washington in Seattle.
Douglas Irvin-Erickson is Fellow of Peacemaking Practice and Director of the Genocide Prevention Program at The School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University. He is the author of chapters and articles on genocide and political theory, and Raphael Lemkin, and the co-editor of Hidden Genocides: Power, Knowledge, and Memory. His current research includes a book on the life and works of Raphael Lemkin, based on his dissertation. He is co-editing a volume titled, Violence, Religion, Peacemaking: Contributions of Interreligious Dialogue; a volume of proceedings of a conference marking the 80th anniversary on the Great Famine; and a volume on the Holodomor and policies of genocide in Soviet Ukraine. Irvin-Erickson also serves as Associate Editor of “Genocide Studies and Prevention: An International Journal,” the official publication of the International Association of Genocide Scholars. He holds a Ph.D. in Global Affairs from Rutgers University , and an M.A. in English Literature.
Bruce Jentleson is Professor of Public Policy and Political Science at Duke University, where he previously served as Director of the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy (now the Sanford School of Public Policy). He is a leading scholar of American foreign policy and has served in a number of U.S. policy and political positions. Jentleson has published numerous books including American Foreign Policy: The Dynamics of Choice in the 21st Century (5th edition, W.W. Norton, 2013); The End of Arrogance: America in the Global Competition of Ideas, co-authored with Steven Weber (Harvard University Press, 2010); and With Friends Like These: Reagan, Bush and Saddam, 1982-1990 (W.W. Norton, 1994). His current book (working title) is Profiles in Statesmanship: Seeking a Better World. Jentleson holds a Ph.D. from Cornell University, and was recipient of the American Political Science Association’s Harold D. Lasswell Award for his doctoral dissertation. He earned a master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a bachelor’s degree from Cornell, including study at the Universidad de los Andes, Bogota, Colombia.
Gennadi Q. Pobereżny is the chief cartographer and the liaison officer for the Holodomor Atlas project and a research associate at the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute. He is also collaborating on two other Holodomor related projects: co-editing a volume of proceedings of a conference marking the 80th anniversary on the Great Famine, and co-authoring a book on the Holodomor and policies of genocide in Soviet Ukraine. Gennadi has interest in the history of Crimea during World War II and the subsequent fate of its population and is involved in a relevant project on the subject as well. He is also interested in transitional societies of Eastern Europe, particularly focusing on administrative reforms and accommodation of regionalism. Dr. Pobereżny holds graduate degrees in sustainable systems, geography, political science, and global affairs; he enjoys collecting and making maps and is proficient with GIS and cartographic software. Gennadi previously taught various collegiate courses on political and cultural geography of international relations, comparative politics of post-Soviet and post-colonial transitional societies, imperialism and nationalism. Before joining the Holodomor Atlas team, he worked as an intelligence analyst for the US Army in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He is an alumnus of Rutgers University and resides in New Jersey.
Anson Rabinbach is professor of history at Princeton University and is a founding editor of New German Critique. He was Director of the Program in European Cultural Studies from 1998 to 2009. He has been awarded fellowships at the American Academy, Berlin (2005) and by the Guggenheim Foundation. As a Fulbright Senior Scholar he was visiting Professor at Smolny College, St. Petersburg (2004) , at the Institute for 20th Century History Jena (2009), the Simon-Dubnow Institut (Leipzig, 2014)and was a Fellow at the IDirecteur d’etudes at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Social, Paris. Before coming to Princeton he taught at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art and Hampshire College.
His research focuses on the cultural and intellectual history of modern Europe. Among his books are: The Crisis of Austrian Socialism: From Red Vienna to Civil War 1927-1934 (The University of Chicago Press, 1981), The Human Motor: Energy, Fatigue, and the Origins of Modernity (Basic Books,1991), In the Shadow of Catastrophe: German Intellectuals Between Apocalypse and Enlightenment (University of California Press, 1996). He has recently completed a documentary history of Nazi Germany, The Third Reich Sourcebook, co-edited with Sander Gilman (The University of California Press. 2013). His current research is a conceptual history of the twentieth century, entitled “Concepts that Came in from the Cold: Total War, Totalitarianism, Genocide”.
Mira Siegelberg is a Perkins-Cotsen Postdoctoral Fellow in the Princeton Society of Fellows and a Lecturer in the Council of the Humanities and History. Siegelberg’s work explores the history of international society, international relations theory, international law, human rights, and the intellectual history of international order. She is currently completing a book manuscript on the history of statelessness from World War I to the present day. Siegelberg received her Ph.D. in international history from Harvard University in 2014 and holds a B.A. in history and human rights from Columbia University.
Keith David Watenpaugh is a historian and associate professor of Human Rights Studies at the University of California, Davis. He is founding director of the UC Davis Human Rights Initiative, co-director of the UC Human Rights Collaboration, President of the Syrian Studies Association and the director of joint UC Davis, Institute of International Education, Carnegie Corporation of New York research project on the conditions facing refugee Syrian university students. Author of two major books in Modern Middle East History, including Being Modern in the Middle East (Princeton: 2006) and Bread from Stones: The Middle East and the Making of Modern Humanitarianism (California: 2015) his articles have appeared in the International Journal of Middle East Studies, the American Historical Review, Journal of Human Rights, Humanity, Social History, the Armenian Review, The Huffington Post,and the Chronicle of Higher Education; and his work has been translated into French, German, Arabic, Persian, Armenian and Turkish.
Thomas G. Weiss is Presidential Professor of Political Science at The CUNY Graduate Center and Director Emeritus (2001-14) of the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies; he is also research professor at SOAS, University of London. He directed the United Nations Intellectual History Project (1999-2010) and was President of the International Studies Association (2009-10), Chair of the Academic Council on the UN System (2006-9), editor of Global Governance, Research Director of the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty, Research Professor at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies, Executive Director of the Academic Council on the UN System and of the International Peace Academy, a member of the UN secretariat, and a consultant to several public and private agencies. He has written extensively about multilateral approaches to international peace and security, humanitarian action, and sustainable development. Recent authored volumes include: Governing the World? Addressing “Problems without Passports” (2014); The United Nations and Changing World Politics (2014); Global Governance: Why? What? Whither? (2013); Humanitarian Business (2013); Humanitarianism Intervention: Ideas in Action (2012); What’s Wrong with the United Nations and How to Fix It (2012); Thinking about Global Governance, Why People and Ideas Matter (2011); Humanitarianism Contested: Where Angels Fear to Tread (2011); Global Governance and the UN: An Unfinished Journey (2010); and UN Ideas That Changed the World (2009).
Rebecca Wittmann (PhD University of Toronto) is Associate Professor of History at the University of Toronto and Chair of the Department of Historical Studies at UTM. Her research focuses on the Holocaust and postwar Germany, trials of Nazi perpetrators and terrorists, and German legal history. She has received fellowships from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service). She has published articles in Central European History, German History, and Lessons and Legacies. Her book, Beyond Justice: The Auschwitz Trial (Harvard University Press, 2005) won the Fraenkel Prize in Contemporary History. She is currently working on her second book project entitled Guilt and Shame through the Generations: Confronting the Past in Postwar Germany.