Faculty & Staff

ERIC STOVER is Director of the Human Rights Center and Adjunct Professor of Public Health, University of California at Berkeley. In the early 1990s, Stover and British deminer Rae McGrath conducted the first research on the social and medical consequences of land mines in Cambodia and other post-war countries. During the wars in Croatia and Bosnia, he served on several medicolegal investigations as an “Expert on Mission” to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague. He conducted a survey of mass graves throughout Rwanda for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in 1995. His books include Breaking of Bodies and Minds: Torture, Psychiatric Abuse, and the Health Professions (with Elena O. Nightingale); Witness from the Grave: The Stories Bones Tell (with Christopher Joyce); The Graves: Srebrenica and Vukovar (with Gilles Peress); and A Village Destroyed, May 14, 1999: War Crimes in Kosovo (with Fred Abrahams and Gilles Peress). Stover is now conducting a study of witnesses who have testified before the ICTY.

RACHEL SHIGEKANE is Senior Program Officer at the Human Rights Center and Lecturer in the Peace and Conflicts Studies Department, University of California, Berkeley. Shigekane is responsible for developing and managing the educational programs, workshops and speaker discussion panels organized by the Center, including the annual Summer Human Rights Fellowship program. She participates in the Center’s justice and reconstruction and the forced labor and trafficking research projects. She also teaches and advises undergraduate students. Prior to joining the Human Rights Center, Shigekane practiced law, focusing her attention on issues related to welfare reform and access to health and welfare benefits for immigrants, children and those with disabilities.

LIZA JIMENEZ is the Administrative Assistant at the Human Rights Center, University of California, Berkeley. Most recently, Jimenez served as the Conference Assistant on the Human Rights Center’s DNA and Human Rights: An International Conference held at U.C. Berkeley on April 26 & April 27, 2001. Prior to that, Jimenez worked as the Marketing Assistant with the California Minority Counsel Program/Bar Association of San Francisco and as the Publications and Events Coordinator with the Volunteer Legal Services Program/Bar Association of San Francisco.

Research Fellows

HARVEY WEINSTEIN, Senior Research Fellow. He has worked in the Balkans for more than five years, primarily in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia. He is Co-Principal Investigator on a MacArthur Foundation project entitled “Communities in Crisis: Justice, Accountability, and Social Reconstruction in Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia” and a Hewlett Foundation grant titled “Intrastate Conflict and Social Reconstruction.” He also was Principal Investigator and directed the Forced Migration and Health Project, funded by the Refugee Health Program of the State of California. He has worked in South Africa, Kenya and Indonesia in the area of health and human rights. His most recent publications include: Weinstein, H. et al. (2000). Physical and Psychological Health Issues of Resettled Refugees in the United States. J. Refugee Studies 13(3):303-327; Weinstein, H, Fletcher, L. et al. (2000). Justice, Accountability, and Social Reconstruction: An Interview Study of Bosnian Judges and Prosecutors. Berkeley Journal of International Law 18(1):102-164. He is the author of a book on U.S. experimentation on unwitting human subjects entitled Psychiatry and the CIA: Victims of Mind Control.

PATRICK BALL, is the Director of Human Rights Programs at the Benetech Initiative. In 2004, he is Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Demography where he is teaching a course on the Measurement of Human Rights Violations. Since 1991, he has designed information management systems and conducted quantitative analysis for large-scale human rights data projects for truth commissions, non-governmental organizations, tribunals and United Nations missions in El Salvador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Haiti, South Africa, Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, and Peru. His most recent work is an estimate of the total deaths in Peru, 1980-2000, conducted on behalf of the Peruvian Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

SARAH FREEDMAN has been on the faculty of the School of Education at the University of California, Berkeley since 1981. She was also Director of the National Center for the Study of Writing and Literacy from 1985 — 1996. She has authored four books on writing, literacy and multiculturalism as well as numerous papers. She has been a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences and at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Study and Conference Center. Her major research interests have been the study of writing and the use of participatory action research as a vehicle to promote educational change. Professor Freedman will be directing the education project in Rwanda and the Former Yugoslavia.

TIMOTHY LONGMAN is a professor of Political Science and African Studies at Vassar College in New York. Has been conducting research in Rwanda, Burundi and Congo since 1992 and served as the director of the Rwanda office for Human Rights Watch in 1995-96. He has continued to work as a consultant for Human Rights Watch, leading missions to Burundi and the Democractic Republic of Congo. At the Human Rights Center, Longman is participating in the project, “Education for Reconciliation in Rwanda: Creating a History Curriculum after Genocide.”

PHUONG PHAM is a faculty member of Tulane University, the Payson Center for International Development and Technology Transfer and the Department of Epidemiology. Her three areas of expertise include research development and implementation; faculty, curriculum, and institutional development; and information system and technology transfer. She recently completed a survey on Trauma, PSTD, Justice, and Reconciliation as part of the Human Rights Center’s (HRC) project, “Communities in Crisis: Justice, Accountability and Social Reconstruction in Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia.” She is now in the process of completing another HRC research project on Human Right Violations, Judicial Responses, and Reconciliation in Iraq.