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.

Colleen Maney

Research Assistant

Colleen is a dual major in International Affairs and Political Science, with minors in History and Global Social Entrepreneurship. Fueled by a great interest in post-conflict reconciliation, much of Colleen’s research evolves around restorative justice. Her focus is on Northern Ireland, and the cross-generational perpetuation of the sectarian conflict through family and community indoctrination, as well as effective interventions among youth to end this cycle. As a true student of International Affairs, to date Colleen has spent as much time abroad pursuing her education through Northeastern University as she has on campus.  As she begins her Senior year, Colleen is hoping to continue her education after graduation by pursuing a Masters degree in Ethnic Conflict.


Laura Benedict

Research Assistant and Secretary

Laura is a dual major in International Affairs and Economics, with minors in Social Entreprenurship and Law, Policy & Society.  She is thrilled to have the opportunity to explore her interests in ethnic and gender related conflict as a Co-Op student for the Spring and Summer I semesters. She is very active promoting her beliefs through many student groups  and organizations both on and off of campus. She looks forward to narrowing her interests and gaining an in-depth understanding of the Center’s work through an independent research project.


Daniel Knipp

Research Assistant

Daniel is a Sociology major with a psychology minor. Harboring interests in a variety of different areas, such as film, criminal justice and journalism, Daniel’s current focus is on domestic political and social conflict. Though only a third-year student with little research experience as yet, he is a dedicated problem-solver and full-time social thinker. He hopes to one day have a career in teaching at the college level, and have a hand in influencing social policy for the better. Daniel is excited to be working at the Brudnick Center for the Summer II and Fall 2014 semesters, assisting in research and exploring his own academic interests through and for the Center.


 Mara Moran

 Research Assistant

 Mara is a Cultural Anthropology major with minors in global social entrepreneurship and international affairs.  Always dreaming of a world without violence, this position at the Brudnick Center for Spring and Summer I 2015 will allow Mara to explore ways of understanding how to achieve a more just and equitable society.  Through her work with non-profits and social activism on and off campus, Mara will work to promote the research at the Center to the student population in Boston.

  • Contact Info

    The Brudnick Center on Violence and Conflict
    Northeastern University
    567 Holmes Hall
    Boston, MA 02115

    Telephone: (617)373-4987
    Fax: (617)373-8646