The Zoryan Institute Welcomes New Board Member to its Academic Board of Directors

05 May 2022

May 5, 2022: The Zoryan Institute Board of Directors, executives, staff and volunteers are very pleased to welcome Prof. Andrew Woolford, long-time faculty member of the Genocide and Human Rights University Program, to the Institute’s Academic Board of Directors.

Dr. Andrew Woolford, Professor of Sociology & Criminology at the University of Manitoba

Prof. Woolford is a Professor of Sociology & Criminology at the University of Manitoba and former president of the International Association of Genocide Scholars. Much of his current research is centred in the field of genocide studies, with specific emphasis on cultural techniques of group destruction deployed against Indigenous Peoples in North America.

We are thrilled to have Prof. Woolford bring his unique insights and invaluable expertise to our Academic Board of Directors as we look to expand our initiatives around settler colonial genocides:

“Prof. Woolford brings to our Academic Board a truly impressive academic record of teaching, research, and academic leadership in the area of genocide studies with a focus on Indigenous genocide in North America. With his focus on the Indian Residential School system in Canada and United States, and the use of new technologies to foster empathy for victims of the Residential School system, Andrew is well placed to expand our previous programming around Indigenous genocide and the difficult task of reconciliation and decolonization. As a professor of Sociology and Criminology at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, MB, Canada, Prof. Woolford also increases the representation of Canadian academics on the board.”

-Prof. Maureen Hiebert
Co-Chair of the Zoryan Institute’s Academic Board of Directors
Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Calgary

Our Academic Board, headed by Co-Chairs Prof. Roger W. Smith of the College of William and Mary and Prof. Maureen Hiebert of the University of Calgary, and Vice-Chair, Prof. Alex Alvarez of Northern Arizona University, continues to be pivotal to conceptualizing and steering the Institute’s multidisciplinary programming to ensure it remains forward-thinking and has enduring and widespread impacts in terms of justice, reconciliation, and prevention of future genocides and mass violations of human rights.