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
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.
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.
Current Research Assistant
Alexis is a dual major in Anthropology and International Affairs. With a passion for social justice issues Alexis is currently working in the realm of immigration studies. Her focus is how successful efforts of the state to reunify East and West Germany affected the social conditions for Turkish immigrants in Berlin. This is her last semester in the United States. Pursuing graduate school Alexis hopes to spend the next portion of her academic journey abroad in Germany and Turkey.