Irving and Betty Brudnick

Founders of The Brudnick Center on Violence and Conflict


Gordana Rabrenovic, Ph. D.

Associate Professor and Director of The Brudnick Center on Violence and Conflict
Curriculum Vitae

Gordana Rabrenovic Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Sociology and the Director of the Brudnick Center on Violence and Conflict at Northeastern University. Her substantive specialties are in the area of community studies and intergroup conflict and violence. Her publications include books such as Community Builders: A Tale of Neighborhood Mobilization in Two Cities (1996), Community Politics and Policy (1999) and Why We Hate (2004) as well as edited volumes of the American Behavioral Scientist special issue on Hate Crimes and Ethnic Conflict (2001) and Responding to Hate Violence: New Challenges and Solutions (2007). Her current work focuses on initiation, escalation and persistence/desistance of conflict and violence in three conflict areas: Israel/Palestine, North Ireland and Balkans.

Jack Levin, Ph. D.

The Brudnick Professor of Sociology and Criminology
Curriculum Vitae
Personal Website

Jack Levin, Ph.D. is the Brudnick Professor of Sociology and Criminology at Northeastern University in Boston, where he co-directs it’s Center on Violence and Conflict and teaches courses in the sociology of violence and hate.
He has authored or co-authored 30 books, including Mass Murder: America’ s Growing Menace, Why We Hate, Serial Killers and Sadistic Murderers: Up Close and Personal, Hate Crimes Revisited, The Will to Kill: Making Sense of Senseless Murder, Domestic Terrorism, Extreme Killing: Understanding Serial and Mass Murder, and The Violence of Hate: Confronting Racism, Anti-Semitism, and Other Forms of Bigotry.
Dr. Levin has published more than 100 articles in professional journals and more than 100 columns in newspapers, such as Sunday London Times, The New York Times, Boston Globe, Dallas Morning News, Philadelphia Inquirer, Christian Science Monitor, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, and USA Today.
He appears frequently on national television programs, including 48 Hours, 20/20, Dateline NBC, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Oprah, The O’Reilly Factor, Larry King Live, and all network newscasts.
Dr. Levin was honored by the Massachusetts Council for Advancement and Support of Education as its “Professor of the Year.” In 2009-2010, he received the American Sociological Association’s Public Understanding of Sociology Award and the New England Sociological Association’s Apple Award for contributions to teaching. Levin has spoken to a wide variety of community, academic, and professional groups, including the White House Conference on Hate Crimes, the Department of Justice, the Department of Education, OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (a membership of 59 countries), forensic psychiatrists from the Royal College of Psychiatrists (United Kingdom) and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

DSCN3676 Hannah Sattler

Research Assistant                                                         

Hannah is a candidate for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology with minors in Political Science, Human Services  and Mathematics. Her interests lie within the areas of  Holocaust and genocide studies, hate crimes, and conflict resolution. She intends to focus her research around agism in the media and proportional persecution during the Holocaust. She intends to continue this research throughout the year in accordance with The Brudnick Center, The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and The Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial Museum.

She will be working with the Brudnick Center for the Spring 2016 and Summer I semesters. Feel free to contact with any questions or requests from the Center.