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Laura Gonzalez-Murphy, PhD Director, NY Department of State Office for New Americans

Dr. Gonzalez-Murpy has been director of the NY Department of State Office for New Americans (ONA) since October 2015 with a specialty inU.S Mexico Relations/Immigration Policy, U.S. Immigration Law and Policy, and State-Civil Society Relations. She also serves as the Departments’ Language Access Coordinator. She has also been a Research Assistant Professor for the New York State Research Foundation through SUNY at Albany with the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy. Before her position as a director, Dr. Gonzalez-Murphy was an Empire State Fellow with the Department of State, assisting the program administration of ONA and helping promote the Governor’s Anti-human Trafficking campaign.

Her publications include a chapter on Tackling Southern Turbulence in Imtiaz Hussain ed. "Border Governance and the Unruly South, Theory and Practice" and an analysis of the changing role played by civil society in the formulation and implementation of government policies, particularly with migration policy for Routledge titled, “Protecting Immigrant Rights in Mexico: Understanding the State-Civil Society Nexus.” Dr. Gonzalez-Murphy is a Rockefeller College alumni where she received her PhD in Comparative Politics and International Relations.

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Camila Campisi, Empire State Fellow, NY Department of State Office for New Americans

Ms. Campisi is an Empire State Fellow, joining the NY Department of State Office for New Americans in September 2016, developing policy and support programs for immigrants and refugees throughout New York State. She currently manages the Liberty Defense Project, an initiative of Governor Cuomo to provide free legal services and direct representation to immigrants throughout New York State. Prior to her fellowship, Ms. Campisi was a UN Representative at the Quaker United Nations Office (QUNO) from 2010-2016, leading the organization’s work on peacebuilding with a particular focus on civil society inclusion at the United Nations. She was also an Advocate and Advocacy Associate for Refugees International from 2006-2010, where she carried out multiple assessment missions to a variety of countries in Africa and Asia, with a particular focus on advocating for the protection and humanitarian needs of refugees and internally displaced people. Her publications include co-authoring “Filling the gap: How civil society engagement can help the UN’s Peacebuilding architecture meet its purpose” and an article on "Preventing Sexual Violence" in the Democratic Republic of Congo edition of Forced Migration Review. Ms. Campisi holds a master's degree in International Relations from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University.

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Rey Koslowski, Master of International Affairs Program Director and Professor in the Department of Political Science in Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy

Professor Koslowski's primary teaching and research interests are in the field of international relations dealing with international organization, European integration, international migration, information technology, and homeland security. He is the author of Migrants and Citizens: Demographic Change in the European States System (Cornell University Press, 2000); editor of International Migration and the Globalization of Domestic Politics (Routledge, 2005) and co-editor (with David Kyle) of Global Human Smuggling: Comparative Perspectives (John Hopkins University Press, 2001). His articles have appeared in International Organization, International Studies Quarterly, The Journal of European Public Policy, Journal of Common Market Studies, The Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, The Cambridge Journal of International Studies and The Brown Journal of World Affairs. Prior to arriving at the University at Albany, Professor Koslowski taught at Rutgers University, Newark. He has held fellowships of the Transatlantic Academy at the German Marshall Fund, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Center of International Studies at Princeton University and the Center for German and European Studies at Georgetown University. His research has been supported by grants from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the National Science Foundation.

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Vy Lam, Democracy Fellow on Human Rights, US Agency for International Development, Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance; Center of Excellence on Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance, Human Rights Division

Vy Lam is a Democracy Fellow on the Human Rights Division at USAID's Center of Excellence on Democracy, Human Rights and Governance in Washington DC. Vy joined USAID in 2012 and works to integrate vulnerable communities and their concerns into USAID’s policies and programs. Vy has provided technical support to missions across Africa, Asia, Europe and Eurasia, and Latin America and the Caribbean on the protection of human rights and strengthening civil society. In Washington, Vy contributes to interagency discussions; reviews agency policies, guidance and operations; and provides technical assistance to field offices. Prior to joining USAID, Vy was an interdisciplinary scientist with background in bioinformatics, microbiology, cardiovascular diseases, and tissue engineering. Vy received his Ph.D. from University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Patrick J. Hannon, Director, Human Smuggling and Trafficking Center

Mr. Patrick Hannon joined the Human Smuggling and Trafficking Center (HSTC) in July 2017. The HSTC is an interagency Center, designated in law with a mission to provide multi-source and multi-agency data fusion and analysis to assist law enforcement and policymakers in preventing trafficking, protecting victims and prosecuting traffickers.

Mr. Hannon was promoted to the Senior National Intelligence Service in 2014 at which time he served as the Director, Mission Engagement Division. In this capacity, Mr. Hannon worked directly for the Intelligence Community (IC) Chief Information Officer (CIO) and interacted with stakeholders from across the IC to ensure that customers took advantage of advanced capabilities to generate new mission insights, increase their speed to delivery and improve their confidence levels. Prior to this role, Mr. Hannon served as the Chief, Needs Analysis & Program Assessments Group for the IC CIO.

Before joining the IC CIO, Mr. Hannon served as Chief of Planning and Evaluation for the National Intelligence Manager for Counterterrorism within the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) and worked as a Federal Civil Servant at National Geospatial Agency (NGA) where he had previously been a consultant. Prior to his service within the IC, Mr. Hannon served with distinction as a United States Air Force Intelligence Officer.

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R. Karl Rethemeyer, PhD, Interim Dean Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy.

R. Karl Rethemeyer

R. Karl Rethemeyer is currently serving as Interim Dean of Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, University at Albany - SUNY. Rethemeyer’s primary research interest is in social networks, their impact on social, political, and policy processes, and the methods used to study such networks. A graduate of Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, Rethemeyer has presented work at numerous conferences, including the Academy of Management (AOM), American Political Science Association (ASPA), Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM), and the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA).

Additionally, through the Project on Violent Conflict, Dr. Rethemeyer is currently co-investigator for two projects. The first focuses on organizational terrorist networks and is funded by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence. His work has focused on how networks affect the use of various forms of terrorism (including suicide terrorism and CBRN attacks), the lethality of terrorist organizations, the propensity of such organizations to attack soft targets, and the propensity to choose or eschew lethal violence.

Dr. Rethemeyer is also lead investigator for a second project funded by the Office of Naval Research that examines counter-insurgency efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan. This project seeks to answer the question, "What organizational factors in the counterinsurgency organizations are related to “successful” or “unsuccessful” counterinsurgency efforts?

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Victor Asal, PhD, Chair of the Department of Public Administration and Professor at Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy

Victor Asal

Victor Asal currently serves as Chair of the Department of Public Administration and as a Professor in the Department of Political Science. He received his PhD from the University of Maryland, College Park. He is also, along with R. Karl Rethemeyer, the co-director of the Project on Violent Conflict. Dr. Asal is affiliated with the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence. Dr. Asal’s research focuses on the choice of violence by nonstate organizational actors as well as the causes of political discrimination by states against different groups such as sexual minorities, women and ethnic groups. In addition, Prof. Asal has done research on the impact of nuclear proliferation and on the pedagogy of simulations. Asal has been involved in research projects funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, The Department of Homeland Security, The National Science Foundation, and The Office of Naval Research.

Prof. Asal teaches courses on world and comparative politics, political violence and oppression, negotiation and research design. He has worked as a negotiation trainer in a variety of academic, governmental and military settings, and in conjunction with the ICONS Project, created simulations on varied topics. Victor Asal is also a past Director of the Center for Policy Research.

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Niloufer Siddiqui, PhD, Post-doctoral fellow at Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy

Niloufer Siddiqui

Niloufer Siddiqui is currently a post-doctoral fellow at Rockefeller College. In September 2018 she will join the Department of Political Science as an Assistant Professor. Niloufer completed her PhD in Political Science at Yale University in 2017. Her book project examines why political parties engage in violence and the variation in violence strategies that they employ. Other research interests include political behavior, the politics of religion and ethnicity, electoral dynamics in developing or transitioning democracies, and voters and foreign policy. Siddiqui previously worked at the International Crisis Group (ICG) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Islamabad and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in New York. She has an MA in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a BA in English from Haverford College.

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Matthew C. Ingram, JD, PhD, Associate Professor Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy

Holding a law degree (2006) and a PhD in political science (2009) from the University of New Mexico, Ingram studies the political origins of institutional change and judicial behavior in the region's justice systems, focusing on sub-national courts in Brazil and Mexico. He draws also on a family history in Mexico (dual citizen, U.S. and Mexico), extensive fieldwork in Latin America, and seven years of professional experience in law enforcement in California. Ingram's academic work has appeared in several peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes. His book, Crafting Courts in New Democracies: The Politics of Subnational Judicial Reform in Brazil and Mexico (Cambridge University Press, 2016), examines the causal role of ideas in shaping local court reforms in Latin America's two largest democracies and markets. The book combines statistical analysis and in-depth qualitative work, drawing on two years of fieldwork and more than 100 interviews with judges and other legal professionals.

Ingram's research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, and the Fulbright Commission. Prior to arriving at Rockefeller, Ingram held post-doctoral fellowships at the UC San Diego's Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies (2009-2010) and Notre Dame’s Kellogg Institute (2011-2012). He was also an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth (2010-2011). In 2012-2013, Ingram will offer courses in Comparative Judicial Politics, Comparative Criminal Procedure, and Latin American Politics. Prof. Ingram, born and raised in Mexico, speaks English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

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David E. Guinn, JD, PhD, Senior Associate at CID and Research Professor Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy

David Guinn

Dr. David E. Guinn is a Senior Associate and Research Professor of International Law and Human Rights. He is currently the Project Director for the Legislative Strengthening Program for Cote d’Ivoire and previously served as Project Director for the Afghanistan Parliamentary Assistance Project (2010-2013) and the Project to Support the Lebanese Parliament (2011-2012). Dr. Guinn also served as Chief of Party for the Afghanistan Project in 2013. Dr. Guinn has written extensively on issues of national and international human rights, pluralism and law and is currently working on two new books: Constantine's Standard: Meditations on Religion, Violence, Law, Politics and a Faith to Die For and Encyclopedia of Religion and Society (Vol. 5) - Religion, Law, Politics and Economics. Dr. Guinn obtained his law degree from Fordham University Law School and practiced entertainment and creative rights law for almost 15 years. He subsequently received an MA from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. from McGill University in Montreal.

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Gina Volynsky, Director at CID and Adjunct Professor for the Master of International Affairs program at Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy


Gina Volynsky is a 25 year veteran of international development, which includes fourteen years living and working in developing countries. She has gained a deep expertise of the work, operations, and issues confronting global non-profit organizations by working with nearly every type of entity involved in international development. Gina had senior level appointments at two major multilaterals, representing the MIGA of the World Bank in Russia, and running a 27 country portfolio on trade and inclusive development for the United Nations Development Program in Central Asia and Eastern Europe. At Deloitte and Touche, Gina run in the Ural region, the most successful of eight regional programs of USAID’s flagship economic development program in Russia. When she returned to the US, she lead the business development divisions at Crown Agents USA, and later at CARANA. Before coming to SUNY/CID she worked with USAID where she advised the agency on strategy and thought leadership of partnering with the private sector to solve development issues. Gina Volynsky has a Bachelor of Economics, and a Master of International Development.

William B. Hedberg, Senior Vice Provost and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs


William B. Hedberg joined the University at Albany in 1974 as a grants coordinator in the Office for Research. Rising through successive positions over 37 years, Dr. Hedberg has been instrumental in the University at Albany’s growth as a modern research university. He has influenced every aspect of the academic enterprise, including personnel, budgeting, programming, support services, and academic facilities. Serving seven provosts since joining the Office of Academic Affairs - currently as associate vice president for academic affairs - his presence contributes vitally to the continuity of university administration. He is widely admired for his deep knowledge of the institution and abiding commitment to the University’s purposes and people. His counsel is sought across the campuses for its positive, diplomatic, creative, incisive, and practical analyses of complex situations. Dr. Hedberg received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the State University of New York College at Brockport, and his doctorate in Educational Foundations from the University at Albany. William Hedberg is a model of public service in higher education and one of SUNY’s own.