Taner Akçam was born in Turkey in 1953. As the editor-in-chief of a student political journal, he was arrested in 1976 and sentenced to ten years' imprisonment; Amnesty International adopted him as a prisoner of conscience. A year later, he escaped to political asylum in Germany. In 1988 he undertook research in sociology at the Hamburg Institute for Social Research. His first topic was the history of political violence and torture in the late Ottoman Empire and early Republic of Turkey. In 1995 he earned his doctorate from the University of Hanover; since 2002 he has been Visiting Associate Professor of History at the University of Minnesota. Professor Akçam has since lectured and published extensively on the Armenian Genocide; his eleven books and numerous articles in English, French, German, and Turkish include Armenien und die Völkermord (2nd ed. 2005); Dialogue across an International Divide: Essays Towards a Turkish-Armenian Dialogue (2001); From Empire to Republic: Turkish Nationalism and the Armenian Genocide (2004); and the forthcoming A Shameful Act: The Armenian Genocide and Turkish Responsibility. He is currently working on a book with Vahakn N. Dadrian, The Protocols of the Istanbul Military Tribunals on the Investigation of the Armenian Genocide.
Gerry Caplan is an independent scholar and activist who focuses mainly on genocide and African underdevelopment. He has undertaken a series of assignments for the African Union and several UN agencies dealing with the well-being of African children; he was senior adviser to the former UN Special Envoy for AIDS in Africa and chair of the International Advisory Board of the University of Toronto's Special Initiative on AIDS in Africa. He is the author of Rwanda: The Preventable Genocide (2000), the comprehensive report of the International Panel of Eminent Personalities appointed by the Organization of African Unity to investigate the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. He has just completed a book titled The Conspiracy against Africa, which will be published in 2008 by Groundwood Press.
Vahakn N. Dadrian received his undergraduate education in Europe studying philosophy, mathematics, and international law at the Universities of Vienna, Berlin, and Zürich, respectively, and earned a PhD in sociology from the University of Chicago. After serving as visiting professor and professor at universities including Harvard, MIT, Duke, Wisconsin, Florida Atlantic, and SUNY, he retired to pursue full-time research on the Armenian Genocide. That research was supported by grants from the National Science Foundation and the H.F. Guggenheim Foundation, resulting in two monographs published in the Yale Journal of International Law and the books The History of the Armenian Genocide (now in its seventh printing); German Responsibility in the Armenian Genocide; and Warrant for Genocide: Key Elements of the Turko-Armenian Conflict (now in its third printing). Currently, he is Director of Genocide Research at the Zoryan Institute.
Stefanie de Best received her BSc in biopsychology from the University of British Columbia in 2007. She worked as a research assistant at UBC from 2005 through 2007 on projects related to Holocaust rescuers, affective forecasting, and maternal acceptability for ADHD treatments. Her future research interests include collective violence, altruism, and resiliency in at-risk youth. She plans to begin graduate studies in psychology in 2008.
Desmond Fernandes, of the Campaign Against Criminalising Communities, was formerly a Senior Lecturer in the Geography of Genocide and Human Geography at De Montfort University, Bedford, England. He is the author of The Kurdish and Armenian Genocides: From Censorship and Denial to Recognition? (Stockholm: Apec Books, 2007); The Kurdish Genocide in Turkey (Stockholm: Apec Books, in press); and various articles on "deep politics" and genocide.
Maureen S. Hiebert is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies at the University of Calgary and teaches international relations and comparative politics in the Department of Political Science, University of Calgary. She holds a PhD from the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto; her dissertation, "The Origins of Genocide: Political Culture, Crisis, and the Construction of Victims," explores the role played by collective identity construction in the perpetration of the Holocaust and the Cambodian genocide. Dr. Hiebert has presented several papers on comparative genocide theory, social constructivism, and collective...