Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University
is Professor of International and
Public Affairs at Columbia University, co-director of SIPA's Human
Rights Concentration, and director of Columbia's Institute for the
Study of Human Rights.
Barkan is also founding Director of the Institute for Historical Justice and Reconciliation (IHJR) at the Salzburg Seminar.
The IHJR promotes reconciliation in societies divided by historical
conflicts and human rights abuses. Working with educational and public
policy communities, the IHJR organizes and sponsors historical dialogues
in pursuit of accountability, acknowledgement, and the resolution of
historical disputes that inflame and aggravate contemporary conflict,
thereby promoting tolerance and reconciliation. The IHJR aims to turn
historical dialogue into a fundamental tool of political reconciliation.
Barkan previously served Claremont Graduate University in Los
Angeles, CA, where he served as Chair of the History and of the
Cultural Studies Departments, and was the founding Director of the
Barkan's research focuses on the role of history in contemporary
society and politics, with particular emphasis on the response to gross
historical crimes and injustices, and human rights. His recent books
include The Guilt of Nations: Restitution and Negotiating Historical Injustices (2000); Claiming the Stones/Naming the Bones: Cultural Property and the Negotiation of National and Ethnic Identity, (an edited volume with Ronald Bush, Getty, 2003); Taking Wrongs Seriously: Apologies and Reconciliation (an edited volume with Alexander Karn, Stanford University Press, 2006).
Barkan received his PhD from Brandeis University in Comparative European History and BA from Tel Aviv University.