Professor Marcia Esparza conceived the Historical Memory Project based on her field research experiences with the United Nations’ Historical Clarification Commission, or Truth Commission (1997-1999), which uncovered gruesome war atrocities against the rural Maya people of Guatemala. To continue to reveal state crimes, war, and genocide against the indigenous population, Afro-descendants, workers, students, and peasants, Professor Esparza established Historical Memory Project at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY, a public institution serving the children and grandchildren of immigrants, many of whom have vicarious or direct experiences with the brutal realities of state violence, war, and genocide. Nearly 40% of John Jay’s student body is of Latino descent. Since 2002, Historical Memory Project is in direct, constant connection with the bustling diversity and immigrant history of New York City, where the history of wars, genocide, and military dictatorships resonates all too loudly.
- Alessandra Benedicty, Center for Worker Education (CWE), City College, CUNY
- David Brotherton, John Jay College and Graduate Center, CUNY
- Amalia Cordova, New York University
- Daniel Feierstein, President of the International Association of Genocide Scholars (IAGS), UNTREF
- Baltasar Garzón, former Judge, Spain
- Matthew Gold, Digital Initiatives, Graduate Center, CUNY
- Jennifer Harbury, U.S. Human Rights Lawyer and Activist
- Angelica Macario, Maya K’iche Human Rights Activist, Chichicastenango, El Quiché, Guatemala
- Gerardo Renique, City College, CUNY
- Veronica de Negri, Chilean activist, Mother of Rodrigo Rojas de Negri
The HMP Team is grieving the recent loss of our esteemed Advisory Board Member, renowned criminologist Jock Young, Distinguished Professor, John Jay College and the Graduate Center, CUNY.
- Marcia Esparza
, Founder and Director
Marcia is a committed scholar of state crimes. In 2002, she founded the Historical Memory Project to preserve the collective memory of war and to promote critical awareness of long-term consequences of state violence and genocide in Latin America. Marcia’s field research includes interviewing war survivors as part of the United Nations’ Historical Clarification Commission in Guatemala (1997-1999), and later, with pro-army groups in the country’s highlands. Her post-doctoral research includes locating and examining Cold War human rights court files in Chile. She has co-edited State Violence and Genocide in Latin America: The Cold War Years (Routledge, 2009), with Daniel Feierstein, published in leading academic journals like the Journal of Genocide Research. Marcia has also received prestigious fellowships from the Ford Foundation (2010-2011), and the National Endowment for the Humanities, NEH (2011-2012). Currently, she is completing her second book, Silenced Communities: Legacies and Resistance to Militarization in Postwar Santo Tomas Chichicastenango, El Quiché, Guatemala (1997-2004). She contributes her extensive experience, disciplinary expertise, access to archival and multimedia materials, international professional network, and inspiring leadership to HMP’s vision.
- Jeffrey Blustein
Jeffrey Blustein is the Arthur Zitrin Professor of Bioethics and Professor of Philosophy at City College of the City University of New York. He is the sole author of four books, including most recently The Moral Demands of Memory (Cambridge UP, 2008) and Forgiveness and Remembrance: Remembering Wrongdoing in Personal and Public Life (Oxford UP, 2014). With Linda Farber Post, he is the author of Handbook for Health Care Ethics Committees (Johns Hopkins UP, 2015). Prof. Blustein teaches philosophy to undergraduates and to graduate students at the CUNY Graduate Center. He is excited to be co-director of the Historical Memory Project and looks forward to helping promote its valuable work.
- Paola Viteri
Ecuadorian historian Paola Viteri has worked in museums, cultural centers, and with other researchers in her country in the areas of history, architecture, and art history. Her research involves subjects such as collective memory, social differentiation, and cultural identity. For some years, Paola has been researching about human rights violations in Latin America military dictatorships, especially those that occurred in Ecuador. Paola holds a bachelor degree in History Sciences from the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador. She has a certificate in Latin American Studies with an emphasis in Cultural Politics from the Andean Simón Bolívar University. She also obtained a certificate in Latin American Cultural Studies from the Latin American Council of Social Sciences (CLACSO). Currently she is studying a Master of Arts in History-Practicum Option with a concentration in Public History at American Public University.
- Stephanie Alfaro
, MA, Senior Researcher
Stephanie has worked in different projects on human rights, public health and the preservation of memory for a number of years. Her interest is to combine quantitative and other research methodologies to improve the understanding of human rights violations and public health challenges during armed conflict. She has conducted field research with vulnerable populations in El Salvador, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Sierra Leone and other countries. She has received her Public Health Master Degree from Columbia University.
- Pierre-Yves Linot
, Creative Director and Curator
Pierre-Yves has over 25 years of experience, primarily as Copywriter and Creative Director, working with International advertising and marketing agencies, creating TV, print and digital campaigns for brands in all kinds of industries. He is eager to bring his expertise to Historical Memory Project (HMP) in all fields of communication.
Pierre-Yves is also a Fine Art and Documentary Photographer, author of “Orphans & Widows”, a series on the genocide of Srebrenica and “The Escopeta Men”, a series on the legacy of violence in the aftermath of the war in Guatemala. For HMP, apart his role as Creative Consultant, he has curated a traveling exhibition, commemorating the 40th anniversary of the coup in Chile and showing the role of photography in the resistance to the dictatorship of General Pinochet.
- Hernán Theiler
, Software Consultant
Hernán is a Software Engineer with studies in the University of Chile, Santiago de Chile, and the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, with a large experience in research and development in world leading high technology companies. His current work involves using artificial intelligence concepts for the detection of failures in microprocessors and collateral software. Hernán collaborates with the Historical Memory Project as a Software Consultant.
- Alex R. Steers McCrum
, Grantwriter and Editor
Part time, paid thanks to a generous donation by our Co-Director, joined HMP Spring 2015: Researches potential funding sources; writes and edits grant proposals; participates in meetings; edits all printed correspondence.
We are grateful for the continuous support of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, the City College of New York, the Center for Worker’s Education and the larger City University of New York (CUNY) for our endeavors and mission, with particular thanks to the Office for the Advancement of Research at John Jay College.
HMP is proud to work with up-and-coming scholars and human rights defenders by offering Undergraduate and Graduate Internships, as well as opportunities for Post-Doctoral Studies.
- Internships (coming soon)
- Post-Doctoral Studies (coming soon)