academic & Research advisors

PCRC’s academic and research advisors play a crucial role in the development of PCRC’s projects and research by providing their area-specific expert knowledge and insight. This branch of our advisory board works to ensure that PCRC’s work is aligned with best practices and cutting edge developments in psychology, strategic peacebuilding, and international relations.


Dr. Olivera Simić is a Senior Lecturer with the Griffith Law School, Griffith University, Australia; a Visiting Professor with UN University for Peace, Costa Rica; and Visiting Fellow with Transitional Justice Institute, Ulster University, Belfast. Olivera published numerous articles, book chapters and books and her latest edited collection, "Transitional Justice and Reconciliation: Lessons from the Balkans" (with Martina Fischer) was published by Routledge in 2015. In 2017, with a group of transitional justice experts, she published the first textbook in transitional justice, "An Introduction to Transitional Justice" (Routledge, 2017). Her latest monograph "Surviving Peace: A Political Memoir" was published by Spinifex in 2014. Olivera is currently finalizing her monograph "Silenced Victims of Wartime Sexual Violence" (Routledge, 2017). For full list of publication, please see



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Dr. Dinka Čorkalo Biruški is an Associate Professor and head of the Postgraduate Program in Psychology at the Department of Psychology, University of Zagreb in Croatia. Čorkalo Biruški works in the Society for Psychological Assistance and her research interests lie in the area of ethnic identity and inter-group relations, with emphasis on divided communities. She has been investigating issues of ethnic/national identity and nationalism, the role of social context in trauma recovery and reconciliation, and post-war social reconstruction processes in divided communities. From 2003-2004, Dr. Čorkalo Biruški was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where she was doing a research comparing the nature of patriotic and nationalistic identifications among American and Croatian students. She received the annual National Scientific Award for the contribution to the understanding of social reconstruction processes in communities affected by the war trauma.


Dr. Dino Abazović is a doctor of Sociological Sciences and an assistant professor at the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Political Science at the University of Sarajevo. He has been the first Chairperson of the Steering Board of the Balkan Human Rights Network as well as the Secretary General of Atelier for Philosophy, Social Sciences and Psychoanalysis, Sarajevo. He teaches on the subjects of sociology of religion, sociology of knowledge and morality, religion and the modern world, and religion and conflict.

Dr. Abazović was hired as Director of the Center for Human Rights at the University of Sarajevo and is a member of the Editorial Review Board for Art, Science, and Social Issues. He has acquired additional education at the American Institute of Political and Economic Studies at Georgetown University, Charles Univerzita v Praze, the Raoul Wallenberg Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, University of Lund, and the Institut d’Etudes Européennes, Brussels ULB.

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Jennifer Trahan is Associate Clinical Professor of Global Affairs at NYU.  She has served as counsel and of counsel to the International Justice Program of Human Rights Watch, served as Iraq Prosecutions Consultant to the International Center for Transitional Justice, and worked on cases before the Special Court for Sierra Leone and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.  She is the author of “Genocide, War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity:  A Digest of the Case Law of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda” (HRW 2010), and “Genocide, War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity:  A Topical Digest of the Case Law of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.” (HRW 2006).  She is also the author of scores of law review articles, including about the Iraqi High Tribunal, the crimes in Darfur, and the International Criminal Court’s Crime of Aggression.  She has also taught at Columbia University, Fordham Law School, Brooklyn Law School, The New School, and lectured at Salzburg Law School’s Institute on International Criminal Law. 


David Pettigrew is a Professor of Philosophy at Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) where he has taught since 1987. He is a member of the Steering Committee of the Yale University Genocide Studies Program. He also serves as an International Expert Team Council Member of the Institute for the Research of Genocide Canada. On October 7, 2012, Professor Pettigrew served as a credentialed International Observer for the municipal elections in Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Professor Pettigrew has presented lectures about the genocide in Bosnia and Herzegovina in recent years, including at the Philosophy Department and Peace Studies Program, Loyola University Maryland (Baltimore); the Philosophy Department, University of North Texas; the Cultural Studies PhD Program, Trent University, Canada; the Yale University Genocide Studies Program Seminar; and at the Summer University Srebrenica, Potočari Memorial Center, Bosnia. 


Dr. Ervin Staub is a professor of Psychology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and Director of the PhD concentration on the psychology of peace and the prevention of violence. He received his PhD from Stanford and has taught at Harvard, Stanford, the University of Hawaii, and the London School of Economics and Political Science. He studied the roots of altruism, and the origins of genocide and mass killing as well as violent conflict, terrorism, their prevention, psychological recovery, and reconciliation. His books include the two-volume "Positive Social Behavior and Morality," "The Roots of Evil: the Origins of Genocide and Other Group Violence," "The Psychology of Good and Evil: Why Children, Adults and Groups Help and Harm Others," "Overcoming Evil: Genocide, Violent Conflict and Terrorism" and a number of edited books. He is the former president of the International Society for Political Psychology and of the Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict and Violence. His projects in field settings include a training program for the state of California after the Rodney King incident to reduce the use of unnecessary force by police, a program in the Netherlands to improve Dutch-Muslim relations, and a program in New Orleans to promote reconciliation after hurricane Katrina. Staub has also conducted trainings, seminars and educational radio projects in Rwanda, Burundi and the Congo to promote psychological recovery and reconciliation, workshops for raising caring and non-violent children, and a program for Training Active Bystanders in schools to reduce harmful behavior by students.


Dr. Gregory H. Stanton is Research Professor of Genocide Studies and Prevention at the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University in Arlington, Virginia. Dr. Stanton is the Founder and President of Genocide Watch, Founder and Director of the Cambodian Genocide Project, and Founder and Chair of the International Alliance to End Genocide, the world’s first anti-genocide coalition. From 1992 to 1999 Dr. Stanton served in the US State Department, where he drafted the United Nations Security Council resolutions that created the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. Since leaving the State Department, Dr. Stanton has been involved in the UN – Cambodian government negotiations that created the Khmer Rouge Tribunal, for which he drafted internal rules of procedure and evidence. Dr. Stanton has served on the Faculty of the Salzburg Global Seminar fellowship meeting on "Preventing Genocide and Mass Violence: What can be learned from history?", 2009. He holds degrees from Oberlin College, Harvard Divinity School, Yale Law School, and a doctorate in cultural anthropology from the University of Chicago.


Dr. David J. Simon is a lecturer in the Department of Political Science at Yale University, as well as the Associate Director of Yale’s Genocide Studies Program and the Director of that program’s Rwandan Genocide Project. He also serves on the Yale Council for African Studies, including as the interim Director of Graduate Study for 2012-13. He has served as a consultant for the United Nations Office of the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide since 2010.

Dr. Simon’s work addresses international efforts to prevent mass atrocities, as well as the political challenges of post-conflict situations, particularly in Africa. He graduated from Princeton University in 1991 with a bachelor’s degree in public policy.  He earned his doctorate in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2000. Prior to coming to Yale, he held a post-graduate fellowship at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.