Impulses, intent, and the science of evil | Science

Impulses, intent, and the science of evil | Science

James Waller, Ph.D.

Keen State College
Keene, NH

Dr. Waller is Cohen Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies and chair of that same department at Keene State College in Keene, New Hampshire. He is the author of five books, most notably his award-winning book Becoming Evil: How Ordinary People Commit Genocide and Mass Killing (Oxford University Press, 2007) and Confronting Evil: Engaging Our Responsibility to Prevent Genocide (Oxford University Press, 2016). His sixth book, A Troubled Sleep: Risk and Resilience in Contemporary Northern Ireland, is scheduled for release by Oxford University Press in early 2020. Dr. Waller has held numerous visiting professorships, most recently as an honorary visiting research professor in the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice at Queen’s University Belfast, in Northern Ireland (2017). He is also regularly involved in the policymaking arena, in his role as director of academic programs with the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation, and as the curriculum developer and lead instructor for the Raphael Lemkin Seminars for Genocide Prevention. These seminars, held onsite and in conjunction with the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, introduce diplomats and government officials from around the world to issues of genocide warning and prevention. He has also delivered invited briefings on genocide prevention and perpetrator behavior for the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research, the CIA Directorate of Intelligence, the International Human Rights Unit of the FBI, and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers. In 2017, he was the inaugural recipient of the Engaged Scholar Prize from the International Association of Genocide Scholars in recognition of his exemplary engagement in advancing genocide awareness and prevention.

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