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Dr. Waller First to Win Engaged Scholarship Prize

Jim Waller, Cohen Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies
Jim Waller, Cohen Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies

The International Association of Genocide Scholars has awarded Jim Waller, Cohen Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies, its inaugural Engaged Scholarship Prize. The award recognizes scholars who engage beyond the academic community by sharing their scholarship and expertise, particularly with policymakers.

In his letter nominating Dr. Waller, Dr. Tibi Galis, executive director of the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR), wrote: “I have known Dr. Waller for 10 years now both professionally and personally … and in both capacities, I have been impressed with his vast knowledge, creativity in research, strength of character, and dedication to the matter of genocide prevention. I can tell you that, in my opinion, Dr. Waller embodies the very idea of the scholar dedicated to atrocity prevention.

“Dr. Waller is my colleague at AIPR, where he serves as the Director of Academic Programs. In this capacity, he oversees all academic aspects of AIPR’s work and develops all curricula AIPR uses in its atrocity prevention trainings for government officials from the entire world. In addition, Dr. Waller serves as an excellent instructor within AIPR’s seminars, often teaching modules on mass atrocity prevention history and theory, on the psychology of perpetrators and on memorialization within post-genocidal societies. Through his work at AIPR, Dr. Waller has trained more than 3900 diplomats and civil servants from 73 UN Member States. Dr. Waller is repeatedly identified by AIPR seminar participants as the best instructor within our instructor team. Based on his engagement at AIPR, I can confidently state that Dr. Waller is one of the most prominent mass atrocity prevention practitioners in the world today, and his training and technical advising capacities are sought out by numerous governments and institutions.”

The award will be presented to Dr. Waller at the upcoming 13th Conference of the International Association of Genocide Scholars, held from July 9–13, 2017 at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia.