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Dr. James Waller is Cohen Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies, and chair of that same department, at Keene State College (NH-US). He is the author of six books, most notably his widely-acclaimed book “Becoming Evil: How Ordinary People Commit Genocide and Mass Killing” (Oxford University Press, 2nd ed., 2007) and “Confronting Evil: Engaging Our Responsibility to Prevent Genocide” (Oxford University Press, 2016). His most recent book, “A Troubled Sleep: Risk and Resilience in Contemporary Northern Ireland,” is due out from Oxford University Press in early 2021. Waller has held numerous visiting professorships, most recently as an honorary visiting research professor in the George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Justice and Security at Queen’s University in Belfast, Northern Ireland (2017). In the policymaking arena, Waller is also regularly involved, in his role as Senior Director of Academic Programs with the Auschwitz Institute for the Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities, as the curriculum developer and lead instructor for the Raphael Lemkin Seminars for Genocide Prevention. These seminars, held on-site 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. In 2017, Waller was the inaugural recipient of the Engaged Scholarship Prize from the International Association of Genocide Scholars in recognition of his exemplary engagement in advancing genocide awareness and prevention. Waller is frequently interviewed by broadcast and print media, including PBS, CNN, CBC, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, Salon, National Geographic, and the New York Times.

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