Student Associates

Graduate Student Associates

Laura B. Cohen is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Division of Global Affairs at Rutgers University. Her research focuses on the intersection of transitional justice and contested narratives at memorials erected at sites of atrocities in post-conflict societies. Laura’s forthcoming dissertation builds upon the extensive fieldwork she has conducted across Bosnia and Herzegovina since 2010. Additionally, her chapter about the Srebrenica Memorial will be published in the edited volume, Understanding Atrocities (University of Calgary Press, forthcoming).
Laura was one of fourteen junior scholars invited to participate in the Transatlantic Summer Institute on Reframing Mass Violence in Europe and the Americas that was co-organized and funded by the University of Minnesota’s Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and the Universität Bayreuth (Bayreuth, Germany, 2016). She has also presented various aspects of her research about the memorialization of the Srebrenica genocide in numerous national and international conferences. Laura received her Master of Science degree from New York University’s Center of Global Affairs (CGA) in Human Rights in 2012 and a separate Master of Arts degree in Media Studies from the New School for Social Research in 1999.  
Jacqueline Hein-Finkelstein is currently an M.A. student at Rutgers University-Newark, in the Peace and Conflict Studies and Conflict Studies program. She is the Operational Manager for Rutgers’ Center of the Study of Genocide and Human Rights and the Vice President and Treasurer on behalf of the M.A. of Peace and Conflicts department for the Graduate Student Government Association. She earned a B.A. in Philosophy and a B.S. in Business Administration from Rosemont College in 2006. Upon graduation from Rosemont College, Jacqueline was the recipient of the ‘Andrea Varano Award’ for Outstanding Achievement in Philosophy, for her studies in the field of Phenomenology. After several years as a working professional, Jacqueline returned to school and her primary interests, and associated studies at Rutgers revolve around the philosophy and psychology of mass atrocity and genocide perpetrators, relationships between colonization and conflict, and creating sustainable social frameworks for mass atrocity refugees. Her thesis work is based on the containment stateless/refugee humans.
Edwin Daniel Jacob is a Ph.D. Candidate of Global Affairs at Rutgers University, where he earned a master's degree in global affairs (human security) and a bachelor's degree in history and political science. He serves as the New Media Coordinator at the Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights. An interdisciplinary background in political theory, international relations, and history informs his focus on contemporary American security and foreign policy. Jacob has published various works in both popular and scholastic forms, including book reviews with New Political Science, Critical Studies on Terrorism, and Critical Sociology; book chapters with Open Court Publishing, Palgrave MacMillan, and Wiley-Blackwell; and several online scholarly magazines. Jacob’s research on intervention, drones, and critical security studies has been presented at conferences, invited talks, and guest lectures. His edited collection on security, Rethinking Security in the Twenty-First Century (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), was released in earlier this year.
Kelsey Lizotte is a doctoral candidate in the Division of Global Affairs and part-time lecturer in the Political Science Department at Rutgers- Newark. She also serves as program assistant in the Graduate English Language Learners program at Rutgers- New Brunswick. Kelsey received an M.S. from the Division of Global Affairs (Conflict and Human Rights) in 2015, and a B.S. in Criminal Justice, with a minor in Africana and Latino Studies from the State University of New York at Oneonta in 2013. Kelsey spent the final semester of her undergraduate studies carrying out independent research on reparations, and a court monitoring internship with the Centre for Accountability and Rule of Law in Sierra Leone. Since that time, she has also interned with the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, as well as Human Rights First in the Refugee Representation Program. These past experiences have greatly shaped her primary interests in global, transitional and social justice, as well as political violence and conflict resolution. Kelsey’s doctoral dissertation, Rethinking Reparations: Repairing the Past and Transforming History, seeks to interrogate assumptions about the legalistic, individual and transactional nature of reparations politics—proposing a way forward which is centered on democratic participation and structural reform.
Lynette E. Sieger is a doctoral candidate at the Division of Global Affairs and a Global Ethics Fellow for the Future at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs (New York City). She is Research Assistant to the Director of the Division of Global Affairs, Dr. Jean-Marc Coicaud. Ms. Sieger spent the summer of 2014 in Paris, France at the Institut d’études politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) as a Visiting Ph.D. Researcher at the Centre for International Studies and Research (CERI). She holds an M.A. from the Gallatin School, New York University with a concentration in Global Justice and Ethics, pursued through the departments of philosophy, politics, and the School of Law and was the recipient of the Richard J. Koppenaal Scholarship Award for her Masters studies. She received her B.A. in Philosophy from Westminster College. Ms. Sieger's professional experience includes the position of analyst/researcher under the principal investigator, Dr. Patty Chang, for the United Nations Office of Internal Oversight Services, working paper "Meta-Evaluation of the Effectiveness, Impact, and Relevance of United Nations Peace Operations". She served as an Editorial Associate for the double volume Encyclopedia of Global Justice under the Chief Editor Dr. Deen Chatterjee and is a former Editorial Intern for the Journal of Ethics & International Affairs.


Undergraduate Student Associates

Zala Jalili Is currently a student at Rutgers University – Newark College of Arts and Sciences, where she is completing her undergraduate studies in Economics and Political Science. She is a volunteer for Women for Afghan Women, a grassroots organization that helps protect the rights of Afghan women in New York and throughout Afghanistan. Zala is fluent in both English and Farsi, and hopes to use her bilingualism to help protect the basic rights of incoming refugees. As an Afghan woman, she is deeply passionate about defending the rights of women and their access to education. She looks forward to her experience with CGHR, especially learning more about conflict resolution, so she can help protect individuals in need in the future.

Na-Yeon Park is a senior in Douglass Residential College majoring in Political Science and Chinese and minoring in International and Global Studies and Women's and Gender Studies. Na-Yeon is an Eagleton Undergraduate Associate, Rutgers Institute for Women's Leadership scholar, Taiwan-United States Sister Alliance (TUSA) scholar, and one of ten college women who was selected to be on the 2015-2016 American Association of University Women (AAUW) National Student Advisory Council. In April 2016, Na-Yeon and her team represented their commitment project, One Step- 한 걸음, at Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U). Out of more than one hundred applicants domestically and internationally, they were selected as semi-finalists at CGI U's Social Venture Challenge. Na-Yeon was recently selected as one of twenty-five undergraduate students who received a Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) scholarship nationally and a Huayu scholarship from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs-Taiwan. She is also one of two undergraduate students in New Jersey awarded a Kihwa scholarship from the Asian Women's Christian Association (AWCA). On campus, Na-Yeon was the Class of 2017 Representative in Douglass Governing Council, and will serve as a returning Peer Academic Leader of the International Students House in 2016-2017. Na-Yeon is also the founder and President of One Step- 한 걸음, an organization that empowers North Korean refugees through academic, cultural, and professional workshops. She plans to pursue a Foreign Service career after her graduate studies, and apply her three language skills--Korean, English, and Mandarin--in the workplace to contribute in strengthening international peace, security, and diplomacy.