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Genocide and its Aftermaths: Lessons From Rwanda
Speaker Biographies


Adama Dieng

Eric Schwartz

David Wippman

Curt Goering

Alejandro Baer

Jean-Damscène Gasanabo

Gregory Gordon

Barbara Frey

Samuel Totten

Leigh Payne

Dan Wildeson

Jean-Pierre Karegeye


Taylor Krauss
As a documentary filmmaker Taylor Krauss has worked with Ken Burns, Lynn Novick, Eugene Jarecki, Edet Belzberg, Rob Epstein, JeffreyFriedman, Abigail Disney, Helen Whitney, Aaron Woolf, and Eve Ensler on films traversing grounds from sexual violence to the gold trade; fromWWII to the war on drugs; from Addis to Yonkers, and in 2009 he received the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award. Krauss is a graduate of Yale University and the founder of Voices of Rwanda, Rwanda's first video archive established to film testimonies of therescapésof the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. For more information about Voices of Rwanda please visit

Wahutu j. n. Siguru
Wahutu j. n. Siguru is a Kenyan third year sociology graduate student and PhD candidate at the University of Minnesota, a 2013-2014 Badzin Fellow and the coordinator of the Holocaust, Genocide and Mass Violence colloquium. His research interests are in the fields of knowledge production, Media representations,Genocide, Mass Violence and Atrocities(specifically on issues of representation of atrocity in Africa such as Darfur and Rwanda), Collective Memory, and somewhat tangentially Democracy and Development in Africa. Wahutu’s dissertation research looks at the representation of Darfur in African and Western media by carrying out a cross-national analysis of news reports and interviews of correspondents that have reported in Darfur. He is currently analyzing interview data collected in the summer of 2012 in Johannesburg and Nairobi which initially resulted in a co-authored paper with Prof Savelsberg on Representations of Darfur in Western and African media. This interview data is currently also being analyzed, in conjunction with a content analysis of news reports, for a paper on representation of Rwanda and Darfur in the Kenyan and South African press more specifically; funding for this second round of analysis has been provided by the Centre for Genocide and Holocaust Studies. Wahutu’s two other projects are concerned with African development, looking at the need for an African Development Paradigm and the Securitization of Development Aid to Africa over the past two decades.

Hollie Nyseth-Brehm
Hollie Nyseth-Brehm is a Sociology Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Minnesota. Her dissertation examines the factors that influence the onset of genocidal violence globally as well as regional and temporal variation within genocidal violence in Rwanda, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Sudan (Darfur). This research is funded by the National Science Foundation, the University of Minnesota Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship Program, the University of Minnesota Sociology Department Bright Award, the University of Minnesota Dunn Peace Award, and the Vicent L. Hawkinson Foundation Scholarship. Her work on genocide will be featured as part ofthe upcoming Pacific Standard’s “30 Top Thinkers Under the Age of 30” article. Hollie is currently serving as the chair of the board of directors of Heritage Academy of Science and Technology, as a quantitative mentor for the Center for Victims of Torture, and as the Graduate Editor of The Society Pages. In the fall, she will join the faculty at The Ohio State University.                

Chris Uggen, is Distinguished McKnight Professor of Sociology at the University of Minnesota. He studies criminology, law, and deviance, firm in the belief that good science can light the way to a more just and peaceful world. He received his Ph.D. in 1995 from Wisconsin, where he was fortunate to work with Ross Matsueda. With Jeff Manza, he wrote Locked Out: Felon Disenfranchisement and American Democracy, and his writing on felon voting, work and crime, and harassment and discrimination is cited in media such as the New York Times, The Economist,andNPR. His current projects involve a comparative study of reentry from different types of institutions, employment discrimination and criminal records, crime and punishment in genocide, and the health effects of incarceration. Outreach and engagement projects include editing Contexts Magazine(from 2007-2011) and TheSocietyPages.Org(with Doug Hartmann), a multimedia social science hub drawing one million page views per month. His work has been supported by NSF, NIJ, NICHD, NIMH, RWJF, JEHT, and OSI; awards include Young Scholar (ISC 1998; ASC 2000); Faculty Mentor (1998, 2011);  New York Times Magazine Ideas of the Year (2003); Outstanding Service (ASA 2011; Department 2009; TRIO 2007), and Equal Justice (CCJ 2011).  For more information, click here

Nicole Fox:  Nicole Fox is a PhD candidate in the sociology department at Brandeis University.  Her dissertation titled, “Moving Beyond Violence: Memory and Nation in Post-Genocide Rwanda,” was funded by the National Science Foundation, The Research Circle on Democracy and Cultural Pluralism, TAG Institute for Jewish Values, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Society for the Scientific Study of Religion and Maurice J. and Fay B. Karpf & Ari Hahn Peace Endowment.  Her dissertation focuses on the role of memorials in the transitional process from mass violence to post-genocide in present day Rwanda.  Her scholarship on Rwanda has been published in Journal for Scientific Study of Religion, Societies without borders, and the International Journal of Sociology of the Family.  She is excited to be joining the sociology faculty at University of New Hampshire in the fall. 

Marie Berry:  Marie Berry is a Ph.D. Candidate in sociology at UCLA. Her dissertation, “From Violence to Mobilization: War, women, and political power in Rwanda, Bosnia, and beyond,” explores the effects of mass violence on women’s participation in politics and community organizations in Rwanda and Bosnia-Herzegovina. She is the recipient of several awards, including the Charles and Louise Tilly Award for the Best Graduate Paper in Social Science History (2011) and the Peter Kollock Graduate Teaching Award (2010-2011), as well as fellowships from the Social Science Research Council, International Research & Exchange Board, and the UCLA International Institute. She currently serves as President of the Board of Directors of Global Youth Connect, a non-profit organization that runs human rights training programs in post-violence countries across the world—including in Rwanda. Since her first trip to Rwanda in 2007, Marie has returned many times, conducting over 150 interviews with women in Parliament and with members of women’s cooperatives. She has also worked extensively with a wide range of civil society organizations in Rwanda that are working to advance human rights and women’s empowerment.