Faculty & Staff Publications

Our faculty and staff are involved in several different research projects and publish their work in a variety of outlets. We are excited to share their work with you.


Academic Publications

Rubaii, N., Whigham, K., and Appe, S. (2020). The public administration imperative of applying an atrocity prevention lens to COVID-19 responses: Leveraging the global pandemic for positive structural change and greater social equity. Administrative Theory & Praxis, online first DOI: 10.1080/10841806.2020.1829260


The pandemic is already forcing many individuals, businesses, and governments to rethink much of what they do and how they do it. As such, it presents an opportunity for public administrators to reimagine the criteria they use when designing and implementing programs and policies, and to more actively engage in prevention of identity-based violence. In this contribution, we suggest a new analytical lens to guide public administrators’ decision making, one informed by the theory and practice of mass atrocity prevention. This perspective recognizes that the decisions and actions of public administrators in response to the pandemic will influence whether individual countries and the global community writ large will be at increased risk of mass atrocities or if they will be more resilient and better positioned to prevent such atrocities. The COVID-19 pandemic represents both an imperative and an opportunity to reduce risks of mass atrocities, and public administrators have a vital role to play in this process.

Appe, S., Rubaii, N. and Whigham, K. (2020). Expanding the Reach of Representativeness, Discretion and Collaboration: The Unrealized Potential of Public Administration Research in Atrocity Prevention. Public Administration Review. Advance online publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ puar.13296


Mass atrocities constitute a “wicked” problem that warrants greater attention from public administration scholars. The role bureaucrats have in committing or contributing to mass atrocities is well documented, yet bureaucrats also have the potential to play crucial roles in stopping current, preventing future, and responding to past atrocities. Despite the central role of public administrators in mass atrocities and prevention, public administration scholarship is largely silent on such topics, effectively ceding this problem to other disciplines and professions. Using three pressing challenges facing atrocity prevention practitioners and scholars as examples, this article illustrates how public administration theories and public administrators in practice can contribute to prevention by focusing their attention on upstream (before conflict) stages. The overarching goal is to frame atrocity prevention in terms that will resonate with public administration scholars while also providing a roadmap for the field's engagement with these issues.

Rubaii, N. and Appe, S. (2020). Confronting nervousness at the intersection of indigenous and gender Issues: A case study of Mexico’s efforts, accomplishments, and remaining work. In S. Gooden (Ed.), Global Equity in Administration: Nervous Areas of Government.

Whigham, Kerry. 2020. Memory Encroachments and Re-Plotting the Past: Cartographies of Violence and Memory in Post-Atrocity Argentina, Germany, and the United States. In E. Barkan, C. Goschler & J. Waller (Eds.), Historical Dialogue and the Prevention of Mass Atrocities. Routledge.

Practitioner Reports

Whigham, K. (2020). Truth Commissions and Their Contributions to Atrocity Prevention. Auschwitz Institute for the Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities.

Publications in Media Outlets

Rubaii, N. and Pensky, M. (2020). Commentary on “Is there a Responsibility to Protect the world from pandemics?” A conversation initiated by the Centre for Geopolitics.

Rubaii, N. and Araujo Jr., J.J. (2020, July). La justicia brasileña ordena a Bolsonaro proteger a los pueblos indigenas del coronavirus. The Conversation.

Rubaii, N. and Araujo Jr., J.J. (2020, July). Judge orders Brazil to protect Indigenous people from ravages of COVID-19. The Conversation.

Rubaii, N. and Araujo Jr., J.J. (2020, July). Bolsonaro, víctima de COVID-19, como miles de indígenas que viven a varios días del hospital más cercano. The Conversation.

Rubaii, N. and Araujo Jr., J.J. (2020, July). Brazil’s Bolsonaro has COVID-19 – and so do thousands of Indigenous people who live days from the nearest hospital. The Conversation.


Academic Publications

Pensky, M. (2019). Of straw men and humanitarians: On Rajan Menon’s the conceit of humanitarian intervention. Journal of Genocide Research, 21(1), 102-107.

Pensky, M. (2019). Impunity: A philosophical analysis. In M. Bergsmo (Ed.), Philosophical Foundations of International Criminal Law, (Vol. 2, pp. 241-267). CILRAP Publishing.

Rubaii, N., Appe, S., and Lippez-De Castro, S. (2019). Administering prevention or administering atrocities? Public affairs education in dark times. Teaching Public Administration, 37(2), 175-189.

Rubaii, N., Lippez-De Castro, S., and Appe, S. (2019). Pueblos indígenas como víctimas de los genocidios pasados y actuales: un tema esencial para el currículo de administración pública. América Latina Revista OPERA (Observatorio de Políticas, Ejecución y Resultados de la Administración Pública, 25, 29-54.

Whigham, K. (2019). Scenarios of intractability: Reframing intractable conflict and its transformation. Genocide Studies and Prevention: An International Journal 13(3), 44-63.

Whigham, K. (2019). Reading the traces: Embodied engagement with the past at three former nazi concentration camps. Holocaust Studies: A Journal of Culture and History  26(2), 221-240.

Practitioner Reports

Rubaii, N. and Appe, S. (2019). Buenas prácticas en la protección de los derechos de pueblos indígenas originarios para la prevención de atrocidades (and the English translation, Good practices in the protection of indigenous rights for atrocity prevention). A report prepared for the Latin American Network for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention.

Publications in Media Outlets

Pensky, M. (2019, July). Why is the UN's Response to Rohingya Persecution So Powerless? The Globe Post.