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Kerry Whigham

Assistant Professor, Public Admin, Institute for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention, Co-Director IGMAP; Assistant Professor of Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention

CCPA Public Administration; Institute of Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention (I-GMAP)


Kerry Whigham is assistant professor of Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention and co-director of Binghamton University's Institute for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention (I-GMAP). He 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, Public Administration Review, Tourist Studies, Material Culture, and Museum and Society, and has written chapters for several edited volumes. His first book, Resonant Violence: Affect, Memory, and Activism in Post-Genocide Societies, is published by Rutgers University Press. 

He is the communications officer and a member of the executive board for the International Association of Genocide Scholars (IAGS). In addition to his academic work, he is the Director of Research and Online Education at the Auschwitz Institute for the Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities, an international non-governmental organization that works with over 90 countries around the world on creating public policy for the protection of vulnerable groups and the prevention of mass atrocities. 

Formerly, he has been a Postdoctoral Research and Teaching Fellow at Binghamton University's I-GMAP, a Postdoctoral Researcher at Columbia University's Institute for the Study of Human Rights, a member of the faculty consortium for Stockton University's graduate certificate program in genocide prevention, a visiting scholar at Rutgers University's Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights, and the managing editor of emisférica, a biannual, trilingual, peer-reviewed journal on performance and politics in the Americas, published by the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics. 

He has taught courses at New York University, Kean University, and Stockton University. His work has been presented at academic conferences and universities in five continents.


  • PhD in Performance Studies, New York University
  • MA in Performance Studies, New York University  
  • BFA in Drama, New York University 

Research Interests

  • How post-atrocity societies remember and engage with the past, how it impacts the present and future.
  • The creation and curation of public memory sites, as well as grassroots, civil society activism, both as a means for shaping public memory and transforming post-conflict societies.


  • Outstanding Dialogue Article 2021, “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. (2022, with Susan Appe and Nadia Rubaii)
  • Lois B. DeFleur International Innovation Endowment Funding Award (2021)
  • Glendal E. and Alice D. Wright Prize for Conflict and Collaboration Case Studies in International Development (2021, with Susan Appe, Nadia Rubaii and Samuel Sebit Emmanuel), Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University
  • Fulbright Specialist Roster (2019-2023)
  • Peace Ambassador, Center for Peacebuilding, Sanski Most, Bosnia (2016)
  • Franco Coli Dissertation Award (2014)

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Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae