Prof. Barbara Harff
Barbara Harff is Professor of Political Science Emerita at the U.S. Naval Academy where she taught Middle East politics. Prior to assuming her post at the Naval Academy she taught in the Legal Studies Department at Latrobe University, and during both 2003 and 2005 she was a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University.
Harff's research focuses on the causes, risks, and prevention of genocidal violence. She expanded the scholarly definiton of genocide to include politicides and pioneered the use of statistical modeling to produce risk assessments of genocides and politicides. With respect to policy, Harff played a major role in the State Failure Project (now named the Political Instability Task Force), which advises the US government, and since 2004 advised the office of the UN Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide, and government agencies in Switzerland,Sweden, and the Netherlands, on on genocide risks and prevention. She was also a principle academic organizer of the 2004 Stockholm International Forum on the Prevention of Genocide, which served as a spring board to her foundation, with Yehuda Bauer, of the Genocide Prevention Advisory Network. Harff's career of scholarly and policy contributions was recognized in 2013 when the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation made her the recipient of the Rafael Lemkin Prize.
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