Sarah Kane, Chief Operating Officer
Sarah Kane is a graduate of Duke University with a major in Public Policy, a minor in History, and a certificate in Human Rights. As an undergraduate, Sarah focused specifically on migration, although she is passionate about the promotion and protection of human rights on an international scale. Sarah has previously worked with two NGOs that service refugees: Kiron in Berlin, Germany, which provides access to higher education for refugees, and InfoPark in Belgrade, Serbia, which provides resources and programming for recent arrivals and young boys and girls in the nearby reception center. At Genocide Watch, Sarah focuses on day-to-day operations and leads the Communications Team.
Helen Graham, Alliance & Advocacy Director
Helen Graham is an undergraduate at George Washington University, with an expected major in Peace Studies. She is particularly interested in studying how factors like civil war, insufficient natural resources, and social fragmentation can exacerbate tensions into genocide. Helen also hopes to research how perpetrators of genocide use sexual exploitation, rape, and forced sterilization as tools. As an intern for Genocide Watch, she will be monitoring Nigeria, Sudan, South Sudan, the Central African Republic, and Equatorial Guinea. Helen is originally from Southern California but now resides in Washington D.C. Before Genocide Watch, Helen interned with Loyola Project for the Innocent providing legal aid to wrongly convicted incarcerated individuals, California State Senator Ben Allen’s office, and Heal the Bay – an environmental organization focused protecting coastal watersheds.
Grace Condon, Research Director
Grace Condon is a fourth-year undergraduate student at the University of Waterloo majoring in History with a minor in Peace and Conflict Studies. Her research interests include global histories of human rights abuses and advocacy, social and political dissent, decolonization, historiography, and narrative history. As an intern for Genocide Watch, she will be monitoring Brazil, Mexico, Indonesia, Myanmar, and Iran. Passionately committed to building a future in which genocide, extrajudicial violence, and widespread social inequality are unthinkable, Grace hopes to deepen her understanding of genocide prevention and acquire knowledge and skill in international human rights law and advocacy.
Daniel Russell, Development Director
Daniel Russell is a junior at George Washington University double majoring in political science and history. Previously, Daniel interned for Congressman Peter Meijer, the McCain Institute’s Preventing Targeted Violence program, and ActionAid USA’s Development Team. In high school, Daniel founded the nonprofit speaker series Leaders in Lowell which hosted events with over 18 speakers, including a successful event with Holocaust survivor Rena Finder. Rena is a survivor of the Krakow Ghetto and Auschwitz-Birkenau, where she was saved by Oskar Schindler. Rena’s story inspired Daniel’s interest in genocide research and prevention. He is particularly interested in and passionate about, accountability efforts for genocide and crimes against humanity. Originally from Dracut, Massachusetts, Daniel currently lives in Washington DC.
Ethan Walton, Communications Coordinator
Ethan Walton is a recent graduate of NYU’s Program in International Relations and previously obtained a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Lynchburg. In 2019, he travelled to the former Yugoslavia to study genocide and violence during the Second World War as well as the Balkan Wars of the 1990s. Ethan would later write his undergraduate thesis on Generational Trauma and Nationalist Rhetoric as a Basis for Genocide, where he would explore how real or manufactured trauma can be manipulated by leaders and media outlets to inspire or justify genocide and large-scale atrocities. At Genocide Watch, he focuses on monitoring Ukraine and Russia, as well as Eastern European countries, while simultaneously serving on the communications team.
Areeka Khan, Alliance & Advocacy Coordinator, India
Areeka Khan holds a bachelor's degree in philosophy from Sophia College for Women in Mumbai, India. She is an active member of the All India Human Rights Association’s student committee and research team, where her article "Religious Nationalism and the Transgressive Theory of Love Jihad in India" was published. She volunteered as a medical assistant at Shyama Prasad Mukerjee (Civil) Hospital in Lucknow, India, where she shadowed medical professionals and assisted in the organisation of blood donation camps and AIDS and HIV awareness sessions. As an intern for Genocide Watch, Areeka aims to draw attention to the consequences of state-sanctioned violence and discrimination in the name of nation, race, and religion. She will monitor India, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, China, and North Korea for Genocide Watch.
Allison Newey, Alliance & Advocacy Coordinator, USA
Allison Newey is an incoming MA Candidate in Conflict Transformation and Social Justice at Queen's University Belfast. She recently graduated from Keene State College with degrees in Holocaust & Genocide Studies and Political Science. She has also spent a semester at Freie Universität Berlin to further study the Holocaust and European History. Recently, she worked as a Federal Service Intern for the U.S. Department of State, specifically conducting conflict analysis with U.S. Embassy Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo. At Genocide Watch, she monitors genocidal activity in Australia, France, Germany, Ireland, and New Zealand.
Daniella Campos, Alliance & Advocacy Coordinator, USA
Daniella Campos is a senior at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA. She is double majoring in International Relations and Public Policy. Since her first year, she has worked on a Political Science Podcast for New Books Network hosted by one of her political science professors. Daniella currently works as Senior Editorial Assistant, conducting research, gathering information, and drafting summaries of upcoming authors being interviewed. She has also participated in an internship for the World Affairs Council in Philadelphia. Serving as a mentor for the Global Smarts Program, she prepared middle school students for a Jr. Model U.N. conference hosted by the World Affairs Council. Working with her team, she created lesson plans that assisted students in researching ongoing global issues in Spain and Burma while teaching about the U.N. and practicing diplomacy. Her Mexican heritage and first-generation status have heavily influenced her interests in Latin American policy, immigration policy, and human rights advocacy. As an intern for Genocide Watch, she will be writing alerts and monitoring countries within Latin America while also assisting the Alliance and Advocacy team. In the future, she plans on pursuing a J.D./Master in International Law and Policy.
Isabelle Hofberg, Alliance & Advocacy Coordinator, UK
Isabelle Hofberg is a current postgraduate student at the University of Winchester, having previously obtained a B.A. in History with a concentration on Genocide and Gender Studies. As an undergraduate, Isabelle focused on the gendered experiences of twentieth-century genocide, and as a postgraduate is now researching how female perpetration of genocide is understood and represented by survivors. Her other research interests include Jewish history, Holocaust memorialization, and genocide education. Isabelle has spoken at several UK postgraduate conferences to raise awareness of rape as a tool of genocide in historical and present-day genocides. In the future, she plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Holocaust and Genocide Education.
Margaret Gallagher, Legal Associate
Margaret has worked in various roles in the NGO and international law sectors and currently acts as a legal and policy manager at a children’s rights NGO. During the last two years, Margaret has worked for the Legal Division of the Department of Foreign Affairs Ireland, REDRESS UK notably on the Nazanin Zaghari Ratcliffe case, and the Court of Justice of the European Union. Margaret has also completed pro bono work for CHILD USA, the Transnational Legal Clinic (UPenn), Lighthouse Relief Greece, the International Refugee Assistance Project, Hazara Research Collective, Article 33 Institute (as an International Criminal Law fellow), presented research to the UN Women on the Women Peace and Security Agenda on its 20th anniversary and assisted on a public interest brief for the Supreme Court of Nepal on human trafficking for the Centre for Migration and International Relations. Margaret holds an LLM in International Law with distinction from the University of Pennsylvania with a specialism in Global Security, Sustainability, and Human Rights having been awarded a Dean’s Scholarship to the University. Margaret completed her BCL with French Law in UCD as an entrance scholar finishing 3rd in her year with first-class honours and holds a Diploma in European Union Law from Université Toulouse 1 Capitole. Having completed research on the Uyghur genocide while at Penn under the supervision of former UNHCHR Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, Margaret developed a passion for research and scholarship in genocide studies. You can reach Margaret at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kyla Lucey, Legal Associate
Kyla Lucey is a current law student at The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, and graduated from Pepperdine University with a B.A. in International Studies (Political Specialization) and a minor in German. Her undergraduate thesis focused on the effective use of aid in areas affected by armed conflict. During law school, she worked with the San Diego Public Defender’s Office and joined the International Union for Conservation of Nature Marine Connectivity Working Group (IUCN MCWG). The work for the IUCN MCWG has focused on publishing reports on the outputs of international conferences that can be utilized to consolidate the response to environmental catastrophes and the effect of these events on communities. Kyla traveled to Kurdistan in April 2023 with Dr. Stanton and led the Genocide Watch team that drafted Genocide Watch's Report on the Kurdish Genocides. In the future, she plans on pursuing a career in human rights law.
Jordan Lambdin, Legal Associate
Jordan Lambdin is a second-year student at the University of Massachusetts School of Law. She is concurrently earning her Master's in Public Policy researching policy that effectively prevents violence against women. Last summer, Jordan worked for the Law Offices of Eglet Adams in Las Vegas, NV working primarily on the Opioid litigation case to bring necessary resources back to the Nevada community. In 2021, she graduated with a B.A. in Women’s Studies and Spanish (concentration in Literature and Culture), with a minor in Holocaust, Genocide, and Peace Studies from the University of Nevada, Reno. Jordan’s senior thesis researched Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence during the COVID-19 Lockdown in Northern Nevada. Jordan’s academic and professional interests are genocide, femicide, and domestic violence prevention. In addition to working with Genocide Watch, Jordan works for a solo practitioner in Westport, MA doing criminal appellate and immigration work. Additionally, Jordan volunteers with a local, tuition-free, private school for girls from low-income families in the New Bedford area.
Panchami Manjunatha, Legal Associate
Panchami Manjunatha is an undergraduate law student at the National Law School of India University, Bengaluru, India. She is a member of the Legal Service Clinic at NLSIU and has undertaken numerous advocacy projects for children in conflict with the law and juveniles awaiting trial in observation homes. She has also been a part of numerous research projects seeking to further human rights jurisprudence as a law student. As an intern for Genocide Watch, she will be monitoring and researching countries in South Asia and the Middle East. In the future, she plans on pursuing a career in international human rights and humanitarian law.
Manoka Y, Legal Associate
Manoka Y is a Ph.D. Student in Political Geography at Kent State University (KSU), Kent, Ohio. Her Ph.D. dissertation research focuses on the Paris Peace Agreement that ended the Vietnam War but that ignored the Khmer Rouge genocide in Cambodia. She holds an LLM in Comparative Law from Nagoya University in Japan, with a thesis publication entitled “Theories of Legal Reasoning in Cambodia Institutional Contexts: In Defense of Purposive Interpretation”. She has an MA in private law from the Royal University of Law and Economics in Cambodia, with her thesis on the Commercial Court in Cambodia, and a BA in Law with her main research on Cambodia’s politics and legal practices in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). She holds a second BA from the Royal University Institute of Foreign Languages in Phnom Penh.
From 2015 to 2020, she was a sitting judge in the Cambodia Court of First Instance where she presided over both Civil and Criminal cases. [She is currently on leave to pursue her doctorate.] She has been a legal researcher and civil and criminal lecturer on the Legal Executive Committee at the Sala Traju Association since 2014. She worked in the Office of the Co-Prosecutor at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) in 2009 - 2010. She was a legal translator at the Documentation Center of Cambodia (DC-Cam) in 2010 - 2011 where she translated a book by Dr. James Tyner on the geography of the Khmer Rouge genocide. She studied international courts in a GIZ program from 2012 - 2013 and did research at the International Criminal Court (ICC), International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), and the International Court of Justice (ICJ). She also did research on Nazi concentration camps at the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg museum.
Giulia Dellaferrera, Legal Associate
Giulia Dellaferrera attended a double degree program in Italian and French Law at the Universities of Turin and Nice and she graduated summa cum laude in 2021. For her final dissertation, she explored the process of genocide by attrition, with particular attention to sexual violence and the denial of health care, food, and water as indirect methods of annihilation of a group. She earned a Master’s Degree in Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at Paris-Panthéon-Assas University. She complemented her studies by joining two legal clinics. The first one was focused on strategic litigation before the UN mechanisms for the protection of human rights in cases of violations of academic freedom, in partnership with Scholars at Risk. The second one entailed writing a data sheet on the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war in Myanmar for We are not Weapons of War. These experiences convinced her to pursue a career with NGOs. Her recent honors in the International Competition of Humanitarian Law Jean-Pictet has confirmed her vocation to work in the field of humanitarian assistance.
Joji Masutani, Communications Coordinator & Early Warning Analyst
Joji Masutani is studying for a Bachelor's Degree in International Relations at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan. He's participated in an exchange program at the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies to learn more about the Middle East and Africa. His undergraduate research focuses on surveillance theory and how technological development is influencing politics. Joji hopes to deepen his understanding of international intervention and genocide prevention, while also contributing to international society.
Alex Wordley, Early Warning Analyst
Alex Wordley is a recent graduate of the University of the Arts, London, where he completed an MA in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography. He has worked abroad in Russia, first as a translator in Moscow and later as an English teacher in Siberia, where he developed a passion for photography. He maintains a keen interest in the former Soviet Union and carried out field research and assignment work in Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan as part of his postgraduate studies. In the summer of 2022, he undertook a long-term project on the Russification of Lithuania during Soviet occupation, for which he was based in Vilnius for three months. Away from the former Soviet Union, he has collaborated with NGOs and vulnerable communities in London in a journalistic capacity. He also holds a BA in Modern Languages and Cultures from Durham University and speaks Russian fluently.
Leah Cohen, Early Warning Analyst
Leah Cohen is a recent graduate of the University of Bristol with an M.S. in International Relations, concentrating on Genocide Studies, Human Rights, Global Justice, and European Security. Prior to her Master’s in Bristol, she earned a BSc Econ in Politics and Modern History from Cardiff University, where she primarily focused on race relations and continuing dehumanisation and discrimination against Black people in the United States. For Leah’s Master’s dissertation, she analysed three genocides across different continents and decades, discussing the failures to intervene and prevent genocide in each case. Through her research, she developed an understanding of the political and social conditions within Sudan, Myanmar, and Guatemala. Through both her Master’s and Undergraduate courses, she has developed a comprehensive understanding of the political turmoil within the wider Sahel region. More recently, she has expanded her area of focus from the Sahel to Iran, Israel/Palestine, and Burkina Faso. As an intern for Genocide Watch, she will be monitoring a variety of countries and writing country reports and alerts. In the future, she hopes to pursue a career as a Research Fellow, focusing on Human Rights violations and Genocide Studies.
Nat Hill, Senior Research Advisor
Nat Hill is a graduate of James Madison University with a B.A. in International Affairs and an MSc in Violence, Conflict, and Development at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. He has worked abroad in Ghana as an intern at an experimental poultry farm and in Armenia, where he conducted a research project on ethnic and religious minorities in Armenian politics. Nat has also interned at the National Institute for African Studies in London, contributing regular blog articles to their website. He has a keen interest in the South Caucasus region and wrote his graduate thesis on the history of the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict. In Fall 2023, Nat will become a Ph.D. student in Political Science at the University of Maryland. He hopes to master the Armenian, Azerbaijani and Georgian languages.
Alicia Atomanuk, Early Warning Analyst
Alicia Atomanuk recently graduated Keene State College with a bachelor's degree in Holocaust and Genocide studies, minoring in History. Alicia is currently a graduate student at Keene State, working to obtain her master’s degree in Genocide Prevention and Human Security, mainly focusing on transitional justice mechanisms for children. In 2018, she had the opportunity to travel to Nicaragua and participate in the building and restoration of local schools. This experience gave her a passion for directly helping people. After graduating from the master’s program, Alicia would like to work in an environment where she is able to educate others on genocides throughout history and the importance of transitional justice.
Aline Keledjian, Early Warning Analyst
Aline Keledjian is a fourth-year undergraduate student at the George Washington University in Washington, DC. She is double majoring in History and International Affairs with a concentration in Conflict Resolution. Aline has previously interned at Facing History and Ourselves where she reviewed and collated primary sources for a lesson plan on pre-WWII North African Jewish life, among other projects. Last fall, Aline interned at the National Security Archive where she conducted research on topics related to nuclear history and she cataloged several primary source documents into a database. At the George Washington University, Aline has worked as a research assistant for the Eleanor Roosevelt Papers Project and as a research specialist for a professor in the Department of American Studies. She is also a member of the Dean’s Scholars Program at the George Washington University where she is conducting her original research project that explores how collective trauma narratives impact people’s perceptions of conflict. Aline’s Armenian heritage has influenced her passion for genocide awareness, prevention, and education. At Genocide Watch, Aline will monitor a set of countries in addition to working as a Congressional Communications intern to assist with legislative advocacy efforts.
Zakee Hamawi, Early Warning Analyst
Zakee Hamawi is an undergraduate student at the George Washington University (GWU) majoring in Economics and International Affairs. He was first introduced to Genocide Watch during his IB Global Politics class in Singapore, when a country report was cited during a discussion on the genocide taking place against the Rohingya community in Myanmar. Following this introduction, he has cited Genocide Watch country reports in various essays and conferences while pursuing his IB diploma and now dual bachelors degrees. Previously, his research has included national identity construction in multiethnic societies, the impact cyberpower has on democracies, and the effectiveness of current foreign intervention models. During his first year in university, he took a leadership role in the John Quincy Adams Society, hosting events promoting restrained and responsible foreign intervention in partnership with the Institute of Peace and Diplomacy. He also helped establish the Singapore Association at GWU. As an intern at Genocide Watch, Zakee hopes to focus on early detection of genocide, and understanding what role an international community can play in its prevention.
Stef Pousoulides, Legal Associate
Stef Pousoulides is a J.D. candidate at Georgetown University Law Center and a graduate of Duke University with a B.A. in Political Science and International Comparative Studies. Prior to law school, Stef worked at the American Political Science Association, PolitiFact, and National Journal. At Duke, Stef obtained a certificate in human rights, was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and graduated with Highest Distinction for her International Comparative Studies thesis on the meaning of home to Armenian Genocide survivors. Interested in a career in human rights law, Stef is excited to learn more about impact litigation, fact-finding, and coalition-building in the human rights field. Stef’s studies have focused on the United States, Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, and the Middle East.
Ira Satpathy, Early Warning Analyst & Communications Coordinator
Ira Satpathy is a high school senior at Welham Girls’ School, in India. She takes up History, Political Science, Mathematics, Visual Arts, and English Literature and Language. In school, she is the Head of the Poetry Appreciation Society (PAS), which is a literary club and a school magazine. In the summer of 2022, she started a podcast on Indian intersectional feminism. It is an ongoing project and, in its process, she finds material for episodes and presents it in recorded interactive episodes. Topics such as female infanticides, dowry, and sexual violence gravely concern her, and her aim is to learn more about them so that she can create more awareness about these issues. She has also been practicing art, traditionally and digitally. Apart from working individually, she has previously worked for a youth organization ‘The Zenith Order’ as a graphic design intern. Her responsibilities included designing posts and presenting content. She has also created logos for two organizations. Moreover, she has completed an NSW Government Virtual Internship Program. It has taught her how to write professional emails, prioritize tasks and build her skills to navigate work in a professional sphere. Apart from academia, she also plays competitive badminton and has participated in accolades in several school and state-level tournaments.
Living under political circumstances like that of India has fueled her interest to work for this urgent cause, and Ira is enthusiastic to be working as an Intern for Genocide Watch.
Sanaea Suntok, Early Warning Analyst
Sanaea Suntok is a fourth-year undergraduate student majoring in Political Studies and minoring in Global Development at Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada. During her time at Queen’s, she has heavily contributed to the Perspectives on Gender Equity in Politics publication, first as editor-in-chief and now as co-chair. She has further completed the International Law and Politics Field Program at Bader College in Herstmonceux, England, wherein she traveled to Europe to study comparative genocide and international humanitarian law under top professionals in the field.
Her past research projects have involved analyzing debates surrounding the legitimacy of the International Criminal Court’s jurisdictional scope, tracking processes of various states’ democratic consolidation and decline, and studying how colonial legacies continue to impact international law and politics today. Her current research interests involve exploring how conceptions of race and culture impact the ways in which different cases of genocide are perceived, and how global power politics and political aims impact states’ reactions to instances of genocide. She is further interested in the politics of remembrance and exploring unconventional avenues of transitional justice to best achieve meaningful and lasting change.
After obtaining her undergraduate degree Sanaea intends to pursue a law degree and enter the field of international human rights law or international humanitarian law, continuing her commitment to the prevention of atrocity crimes and enabling the pursuit of justice for its victims.
Madalena Monteiro, Alliance Coordinator
Madalena Monteiro graduated from McGill University in 2023 with a Joint Honours degree in Political Science and International Development. During her time at McGill, Madalena worked as a member of the IRSAM Youth Advisory Delegation, a team of delegates in consultative status with the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women. She wrote and researched six policy proposals designed to situate girls and young women within the commitments of the Beijing Declaration, which she later presented to ambassadors and permanent mission representatives at the 66th meeting of the Commission on the Status of Women.
Previously, Madalena interned at The Advocates for Human Rights, where she co-wrote, researched, and submitted shadow reports to U.N. treaty bodies in collaboration with international partners. She also assisted in conducting interviews with Ukrainian civilians, with the purpose of collecting evidence of Russian war crimes for the International Criminal Court. In 2022, she worked to research and document the strategies of far-right movements, with a particular focus on the activities of far-right groups in India, Spain, Sweden, and the United States. In Fall 2023, she will begin her M.A. in Global Affairs at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy.
Kim Pate, Communications Coordinator
Kim Pate is a dual master's student in Conflict Resolution & Coexistence and Sustainable International Development at Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Management and Policy. Prior to enrolling in graduate school, Kim worked in a range of communications roles for nonprofits in Washington, DC. She holds a BA in international studies from American University and a Graduate Certificate in Genocide and Holocaust Studies from Seton Hill University. Her academic interests include the role of civil society in disrupting conflict, formal and informal mechanisms of transitional and restorative justice, and how survivors are incorporated into justice processes. As an intern for Genocide Watch, she will be assisting in the production of a genocide-focused podcast.
Michelle Mol, Early Warning Analyst & Legal Associate
Michelle Mol is a graduate student in International Relations with a keen focus on the implications of new technologies on international conflict and genocide. Currently pursuing a concentration in international law at NYU, Michelle has thoroughly explored the intricate dynamics of communication platforms and their potential to either exacerbate or alleviate conflicts.
Her commitment to advancing the understanding of the intersection between technology, ethics, and social impact has led her to pursue an internship in the non-profit sector, where she can actively contribute to the prevention of genocide and work towards a more just and equitable world. At Genocide Watch she is on the Research and Legal teams. She also contributes to the editorial board. She completed her BA with First Class Honors at University College London and worked in Amsterdam before moving to New York City.
Dedicated to ethical technology, Michelle aspires to work at an international tech company, actively contributing to responsible tech usage and mitigating the risks associated with technology's negative consequences in conflicts. Through extensive research and analysis, she aims to develop innovative strategies and solutions that promote positive social impact. With a profound interest in leveraging technology for the greater good, Michelle envisions a future where ethical considerations drive technological advancements and support the cause of human rights globally.
Alice McKain, Early Warning Analyst
Alice is a recent postgraduate student in Global Health and Conflict from St George’s University, London. Her thesis focused on the role of identity and sexual gender-based violence during the 2014 Yezidi genocide. She used Dr. Stanton’s ten stages of genocide to present evidence of ISIS’s crimes against humanity and she recommended that sexual gender-based violence should be a central element in trials of ISIS defendants. She showed how sexual gender-based violence is used to genetically alter future generations, and how it continues the cycle of genocide. She examined "grey" literature alongside academic research, and it was evident that this form of storytelling can influence and complement the practice of global health policy.
Alice also works as a Critical Care Nurse and has recently returned from working as a nurse in Ukraine. She worked for an NGO called UK-Med and was based 100km from the active front line. She supported UK-Med’s mission in healthcare strengthening and capacity building. She worked in a paediatric hospital, which was repurposed to care for the war wounded. Alice supported the national staff by developing a training programme, and passed her skills and expertise on for continuity of care. While working as an intern for Genocide Watch, Alice will focus on countries in East Asia and Central Europe.
Natalia Manjarres, Early Warning Analyst
Natalia is a student at the University of Toronto, soon to graduate from a double major in Psychology and International Relations, and a minor in Statistics. She developed an interest in genocide studies during her teenage years and decided to continue pursuing that interest throughout her undergraduate studies, taking courses in Holocaust studies and international relations theory. These courses were fascinating, and she was especially interested in learning about perpetrators of mass murder as well as the experiences of victims. Natalia has also been involved with Model United Nations conferences, where she has had the opportunity to explore issues in international conflict and diplomacy. She is excited to continue growing her personal as well as our collective understanding of genocide, why it happens, and how it can be prevented, through working with Genocide Watch.
Madeleine MacLean, Alliance Coordinator
Madeleine MacLean is currently a master’s student in the International Affairs program at George Washington University with a concentration in Conflict and Conflict Resolution. She holds a B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention from Binghamton University. While at Binghamton, she worked as a student researcher on the Mechanisms of Atrocity Prevention Project through the Institute for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention, where she helped create a global database of sites of memory related to mass atrocities and identity-based violence. She also interned for the Refugee Rights Hub at Sheffield Hallam University in the United Kingdom. For her final project for her minor, she created a website analyzing the ongoing consequences of the genocide against the Rohingya in Myanmar on the physical and mental wellbeing of Rohingya refugees. Prior to beginning her graduate studies, she worked as an English language teacher at a professional training school in Madrid, Spain.
Bekir Hodzic, Alliance Coordinator
Bekir Hodzic is a rising sophomore at Vassar College, double majoring in Political Science and History. Growing up Bosnian-American, he was surrounded by genocide survivors, an upbringing that instilled within him a deep sensitivity toward genocidal violence and a drive to remember the suffering it engenders and ensure that it is never replicated. He has worked in various positions to fulfill that goal, including developing school curriculum on the Bosnian war and genocide through the Binghamton Institute for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention and as a legislative intern, drafting and guiding a bill creating an official Bosnian Genocide Remembrance Day to unanimous passage in the Connecticut state legislature. Through Genocide Watch, Bekir hopes to build upon these experiences to continue working toward a world where we all understand the horror of crimes against humanity and the moral obligation we share as humans to prevent such atrocities from ever occurring.
Christian Azzolini, Early Warning Analyst
Christian Azzolini is a alumnus of Okanagan College, where he earned his diploma in International Development Studies. He subsequently transferred to the University of British Columbia, driven by a deep passion for fostering international relations. Pursuing a major in International Relations, Christian's research has been primarily focused on global security and international development, with a specific emphasis on Eastern European politics and India.
His commitment to understanding the root causes of genocide and promoting effective intervention led him to join Genocide Watch as an intern. Through this experience, he aims to acquire a comprehensive understanding of the factors that contribute to genocidal acts and develop expertise in legislative and policy analysis, particularly within the United Nations framework.
With his academic background, research expertise, and dedication to combating genocide, Christian is poised to make significant contributions to Genocide Watch's mission of preventing and addressing genocide worldwide.
Brooklyn Quallen, Early Warning Analyst
Brooklyn Quallen is a junior at Smith College, majoring in International Relations and History. Her main research interest at Smith has been the relationship between international residual responsibility for atrocity crimes and a system that privileges Westphalian sovereignty over human rights. This has included examinations of past peacekeeping missions and their implications on present-day intervention efforts. She has also done work on human rights violations in Moroccan-occupied Western Sahara as part of a fellowship at Smith. She focuses primarily on Eastern Europe and North Africa. She plans to study the Middle East and East Asia this year to cover a wider range of international human rights issues.
Abigail Francis, Early Warning Analyst
Abigail Francis is a rising senior at George Washington University studying International Affairs and French. Previously, she interned at the Office of Congressman William Keating and The American Academy of Diplomacy. She also works as a Research Assistant within George Washington University’s Political Science department, contributing to two projects: one focusing on corruption among Central and Eastern European political leaders and the other evaluating women's lives under communism. She is a member of George Washington University’s Honors Program and Delta Phi Epsilon, a professional foreign service organization. This past spring, she studied abroad in Paris, France, where she took a course on genocide and mass atrocity prevention. At Genocide Watch, she aims to participate in research, advocacy, and policymaking to assist Genocide Watch in its mission to predict, prevent, stop, and punish genocide.
Nathalie Majdek Mathisen, Early Warning Analyst
Nathalie has joined Genocide Watch from Australia, currently pursuing a master's degree in International Relations at Curtin University in Perth. She has chosen human rights as her area of specialisation and the focus of her dissertation will be the topic of Australia's reconciliation process. Nathalie grew up in Sweden where she has worked as a local journalist. As a member of the Genocide Watch team, she anticipates merging her passion for writing with her vigorous interest in International Relations.