Max Pensky is professor of philosophy and co-director of the Institute for Genocide and Mass
Atrocity Prevention. His main areas of scholarly research include contemporary political
theory and political philosophy and the philosophy of international law, with an emphasis
on the normative foundations of current practices of transitional justice, the post-conflict
legal and political demands on recovering states, and the relation between domestic
and international criminal law. He also publishes regularly on critical theory, including
the works of Theodor Adorno and Jürgen Habermas, and on issues in contemporary German
political culture. He is the author of two books and over 50 articles and chapters.
He has held fellowships at Johann-Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt, Cornell University,
Oxford University and the University of Ulster. Current research projects include
a comprehensive study of the normative issues surrounding the use of domestic amnesties
for international crimes, and the concept of impunity and the implications of an international
legal-political norm against impunity for international crimes.
Nadia Rubaii is professor of public administration and co-director of the Institute for Genocide
and Mass Atrocity Prevention. Her research examines the internal and external factors
that contribute to the effectiveness of master’s degree programs intended for public
and nonprofit sector professionals, with a particular emphasis on alternative pedagogies
for the most effective contextual learning and comparisons of international and domestic
quality assurance systems. For many years her research has been targeted to helping
universities and public service organizations better serve diverse publics, be inter-culturally
effective and to promote social equity. Although Rubaii’s research, teaching and professional
service activities have been in all parts of the world, most of her recent work is
based in Latin America. She has held Fulbright appointments in Colombia and Venezuela,
and she is founding co-editor of GOBERNAR: The Journal of Latin American Public Policy and Governance. She has held leadership positions in the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs
and Administration (NASPAA), La Red Interamericana de Educación en Administración
Pública (INPAE) and the International Comparative Policy Analysis Forum (ICPA-Forum).
Stephen Capobianco is the assistant director of the Institute for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention at Binghamton University. He works to establish, support, and expand international and domestic partnerships in both government and non-governmental organizations for strengthening the Institute's research, publications, and experiential learning. Stephen also directs the Institute's work related to the National Mechanisms Project, the undergraduate internship and graduate field placement programs, and public communications. He has spent the past several years working on international high-impact educational practices such as global learning and internships both at Cornell University and Binghamton University. In addition to his work at I-GMAP, he is a Ph.D. candidate in Community and Public Affairs. His research agenda includes projects related to public policy and atrocity prevention and his current research project focuses on international education's efforts in promoting equity and inclusion for marginalized communities, specifically the LGBTQI+ population. Stephen holds two degrees from Binghamton University, a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Language and Literature and a Master of Public Administration.
Senior Staff Assistant
Yongabi Ngoh is the senior staff assistant of the Institute for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention at Binghamton University. He serves as the primary interface with students and international visitors to the Institute, provides support on special projects, assists in coordinating events, and works closely with the Co-Directors and the Assistant Director to ensure an efficient operation of the Institute's global academic, research and advocacy activities. He has experience working in the international nonprofit sector focusing on a variety of issues including global health, poverty and security. Yongabi has a bachelor’s degree from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, and an MPA from the College of Community and Public Affairs at Binghamton University.
Post-Doctoral Fellow, 2018/2019 & 2019/2020
Kerry Whigham received a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from New York University. He has published articles in Genocide Studies and Prevention, The Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies, Tourist Studies, Material Culture, 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. Previously, he has been a Postdoctoral Researcher at Columbia University's Institute for the Study of Human Rights and a Visiting Scholar at Rutgers University's Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights. In addition to his position at I-GMAP, he is the Academic Programs Officer for Online Education at the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation and the Communications Officer for the International Association of Genocide Scholars. His research focuses on memory practices and civil society activism in post-atrocity societies.
Doctoral Assistant, 2019-2020
Rania Said is a Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Literature. Her work focuses on memory studies in North Africa and West Asia and their diasporas. Her current research is on women’s autobiographical narratives of the Arab Uprisings (2011- ) in Tunisia, Egypt, and Syria. She taught English in Tunis, and comparative literature, Arabic, and French at Binghamton. Rania first came to Binghamton on a Fulbright Scholarship for her MA (2011-2013). She holds an Agrégation in English from the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Tunis.