June 2017

Adjunct Professor, Brad Heckman contributed a chapter to the the book Stories Mediators Tell: World Edition, published by the American Bar Association. The book is a compilation of mediator and peacebuilder’s stories from around the world, edited by Lela Love and Glen Parker.

Professor Heckman was interviewed on the Toronto-based podcast Mediation Station on July 9 about his recent work training mediators in Japan, as well as his use of his art and illustrations in his teaching and training.

Professor Heckman also gave an illustrated speech on managing conflict at the ArtPlace America Annual Summit in Seattle in April. This event brings together hundreds of professionals from across the nation to explore the intersection of urban planning, art and economic development.


On June 1, adjunct Professor Colette Mazzucelli and Anna Visvizi edited the Genocide Studies and Prevention Special Issue, “Information and Communication Technologies in Mass Atrocities Research and Response,” which was published online with open source access, including peer-reviewed article contributions from colleagues at NYU New York, Harvard University, LIU Global, University of Oslo, American College of Greece, Physicians for Human Rights, Georgetown University School of Medicine, Amnesty International, Carnegie Mellon University, Deutsches Institut fuer Entwicklungspolitik, and George Mason University. 

Professor Mazzucelli and Anna Visvizi are the authors of the opening article in the Special Issue, “Querying the Ethics of Data Collection as a Community of Research and Practice.” The Special Issue is the culmination of three years’ work, including authors’ meetings at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and NYU Washington, DC, funded by a grant from the Robert Bosch Foundation in Stuttgart, Germany. 


Clinical Assistant Professor John Kane, one of the MSGA program’s newest full-time faculty members, is this year’s recipient of the American Political Science Association’s John Sullivan Award for Best Paper Presented by a Graduate Student. The award is for a study that John presented at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association in Philadelphia, PA.  


Clinical Associate Professor Jennifer Trahan was a panelist at the ICTY Legacy Dialogues Conference, in Sarajevo, Bosnia, held June 22-24. The conference marks the closure in December 2017 of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, and was attended by more than 300 from the region, the ICTY, as well as scholars and practitioners from abroad. She presented on “benchmarks for measuring the ICTY’s success,” on a panel on “Discussion on Normative Legacy.” She was also on a side-event panel “Restoring a Culture of Peace: Post-Conflict Research Centre (PCRC)’s multi-faceted approach to historical memory and transitional justice.”


Clinical Assistant Professor Mary Beth Altier’s recent article, “Why They Leave: An Analysis of Terrorist Disengagement Events from 87 Autobiographical Accounts” (co-authored with Emma Leonard Boyle, Neil Shortland and John Horgan and published in Security Studies) was featured in Micah Zenko & Jennifer Wilson’s Council on Foreign Relations’ blog on the top seven recent foreign policy relevant academic articles you may have missed.

In June, Professor Altier attended the Bridging the Gap International Policy Summer Institute at American University. The Institute invites those conducting policy-relevant research to learn from and connect with key policymakers, practitioners, and media outlets.