Marcia Esparza, Founder and Director
Marcia is a committed scholar of state crimes. In 2002, she founded the Historical Memory Project to preserve the collective memory of war and to promote critical awareness of long-term consequences of state violence and genocide in Latin America. Marcia’s field research includes interviewing war survivors as part of the United Nations’ Historical Clarification Commission in Guatemala (1997-1999), and later, with pro-army groups in the country’s highlands. Her post-doctoral research includes locating and examining Cold War human rights court files in Chile. She has co-edited State Violence and Genocide in Latin America: The Cold War Years (Routledge, 2009), with Daniel Feierstein, published in leading academic journals like the Journal of Genocide Research. Marcia has also received prestigious fellowships from the Ford Foundation (2010-2011), and the National Endowment for the Humanities, NEH (2011-2012). Currently, she is completing her second book, Silenced Communities: Legacies and Resistance to Militarization in Postwar Santo Tomas Chichicastenango, El Quiché, Guatemala (1997-2004). She contributes her extensive experience, disciplinary expertise, access to archival and multimedia materials, international professional network, and inspiring leadership to HMP’s vision.
Jeffrey Blustein , Co-Director
Jeffrey Blustein is the Arthur Zitrin Professor of Bioethics and Professor of Philosophy at City College of the City University of New York. He is the sole author of four books, including most recently The Moral Demands of Memory (Cambridge UP, 2008) and Forgiveness and Remembrance: Remembering Wrongdoing in Personal and Public Life (Oxford UP, 2014). With Linda Farber Post, he is the author of Handbook for Health Care Ethics Committees (Johns Hopkins UP, 2015). Prof. Blustein teaches philosophy to undergraduates and to graduate students at the CUNY Graduate Center. He is excited to be co-director of the Historical Memory Project and looks forward to helping promote its valuable work.
Paola Viteri, Archivist
Paola is a Bilingual Historical Consultant (English & Spanish) born and raised in Quito (Ecuador - South America). She has being living in New York since 2008. Paola has a work experience of 17+ years in museums, cultural centers, historical societies, and historical projects. Her research interests involves subjects such as collective memory, social differentiation, and cultural identity. Another topic of great historical and social interest for Paola is human rights violations in Latin America by authoritarian governments, especially those that occurred and still happen in Ecuador. Paola holds a Masters in History with a concentration in Public History (Graduated with Honors) from American Public University, also, she holds a bachelor degree in History Sciences from the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador. She has a certificate in Latin American Studies with an emphasis in Cultural Politics from the Andean Simón Bolívar University and a certificate in Latin American Cultural Studies from the Latin American Council of Social Sciences (CLACSO).
Stephanie Alfaro, MA, Senior Researcher
Stephanie has worked in different projects on human rights, public health and the preservation of memory for a number of years. Her interest is to combine quantitative and other research methodologies to improve the understanding of human rights violations and public health challenges during armed conflict. She has conducted field research with vulnerable populations in El Salvador, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Sierra Leone and other countries. She has received her Public Health Master Degree from Columbia University.
Pierre-Yves Linot, Artistic Director
Pierre-Yves has over 25 years of experience working with TV, print, radio, direct marketing, and online communications in the field of communications, primarily as Copywriter and Creative Director. Among his notable projects are a public health education campaign for the French Commission of Health Education (CFES), and an innovative, corporate, sustainable development website for the Bouygues Group. In addition, Pierre-Yves has worked with international companies, such as McCann Erickson, Saatchi & Saatchi, Rapp, Tribal DDB, to name a few. He has also received awards from Club des Directeurs Artistiques (CDA) and Epica International Creative Awards. Particularly relevant to the proposed project is the subject of Pierre-Yves’ work as a photographer – the forensic examination of the Srebrenica massacre mass grave in Bosnia, remembering the massacre’s victims, and his current body of work, “The Business of Violence in the Aftermath of the Civil War in Guatemala”. He currently works at Shutterstock in New York City.
Hernán Theiler , Software Consultant
Hernán is a Software Engineer with studies in the University of Chile, Santiago de Chile, and the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, with a large experience in research and development in world leading high technology companies. His current work involves using artificial intelligence concepts for the detection of failures in microprocessors and collateral software. Hernán collaborates with the Historical Memory Project as a Software Consultant.
Alex R. Steers McCrum , Grantwriter and Editor
Part time, paid thanks to a generous donation by our Co-Director, joined HMP Spring 2015: Researches potential funding sources; writes and edits grant proposals; participates in meetings; edits all printed correspondence.