Area of Focus: education, genocide studies, Holocaust
Location: Spokane, Washington
James Waller has a Ph.D. in Social Psychology with academic specializations in the Holocaust and genocide studies, intergroup relations, and prejudice, and authored the book Becoming Evil: How Ordinary People Commit Genocide and Mass Killing. With a teaching career that extends for nearly two decades, James consistently has encouraged his students to assume activist roles but has not, himself, developed the tools and resources to take on such a role. Currently, he is committed to leveraging his academic interest in genocide studies into a more direct engagement with the anti-genocide movement. James used the Carl Wilkens Fellowship as an opportunity to maximize his ability to empower students as long-term actors within that movement.