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Rachel Mc Ginnis

Visiting Assistant Professor
College of Liberal Arts

Office Mailing Address
18 Lomb Memorial Drive Rochester, NY 14623

Rachel Mc Ginnis

Visiting Assistant Professor
College of Liberal Arts

Education

BS, MS, Rochester Institute of Technology; Ph.D., Nova Southeastern University

Bio

I am an interdisciplinary scholar. I completed my Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from Nova Southeastern University (NSU), a Bachelors and a Masters of Science from the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). My dissertation research was in the field of genocide and ethnic cleansing. I wrote my dissertation on the use of sexual violence as a tactic specifically targeting male civilians and paramilitary during conflict.

Over the last few years, I spent time volunteering and conducting field work in Northern Ireland, Lebanon, Jordan, Greece, France, and the Syrian-Turk Border. I work with individuals who have experienced sexual violence during conflict and/or forced migration. In addition, I work with local NGO’s, medical personnel, and government officials to provide awareness on these topics specifically for the male refugee population in the region.

I am the Executive Vice-Secretary of the International Network of Genocide Scholars (INoGS), actively involved with the Karam Foundation, and serve as a council member on the human trafficking task force in Athens, Greece. Fall 2018 I will showcase my first photo installation focusing on the forcibly displaced at the Rochester Fringe Festival.

Currently Teaching

SOCI-315
3 Credits
Daily we watch, seemingly helplessly, as people are displaced from their communities, homelands, and countries and subsequently seek asylum around the world, sometimes within our own local communities. Causes of displacement include war, violence, persecution, and modes of terror that increasingly affect the lives of women and children. In addition to the loss of human life and potential, the ensuing consequences of violent displacement include poverty, disease, physical and psychological trauma, hopelessness, and vulnerability to human rights abuses. In this course, we explore how the rights and dignity of refugees can be protected. We also examine resettlement processes and, for those who are eventually repatriated, we address how they can successfully reintegrate into reconstructing societies that remain barely functional. Most importantly, we consider how the trauma of displacement can be minimized.
ANTH-330
3 Credits
This course critically examines the visual culture of war and terror in a global world from an anthropological perspective. Representations of violence are endlessly transmitted on television, on the internet, in print media, in cinema, and in recreational games to become part of our everyday visual culture. Whether disseminated as news, documentary truth, or entertainment, the ubiquitous encounters with images of violence require a new form of visual literacy that not only highlights the intersection of the local and the global, but also recognizes the ways in which visual technologies, cultural politics of memory and history, media practices, and national ideologies intervene in the formation of a visual culture of war and terror.
POLS-542
3 Credits
This course will explore the process by which states disintegrate and fail, the armed conflicts that follow, and international peacekeeping and subsequent efforts to build institutions at the end of armed conflicts. It will consider cases that might include the wars of Yugoslav Succession, conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, Africa, Syria and others. Students will consider the role of domestic and international actors, such as NATO, the US Government, the UN, and others. They will explore these efforts in readings, class discussion, debates, presentation of research, and role-playing exercises.
POLS-525
3 Credits
Special topics will examine a political theme, issue or problem at an advanced undergraduate level. The subject matter examined will vary from year to year according to the availability of faculty and the interests of students. The course is designed especially for those whose interest in politics goes beyond the requirements of the liberal arts curriculum. (Class 3, Credit 3 (varies)
PUBL-201
3 Credits
This course focuses on the connections and interplay between personal and social values, ethics, and public policy. It explores how values and norms influence public policies and how the resulting expressions of values through public policies impact the implementation and effectiveness of policy choices. It also delves into how different countries make widely different policy choices based on their citizens’ values and social norms. The course also considers how new developments in science and technology influence the interplay between values, ethics, and policy across multiple issues. In addition, this course explores how to formulate values-based explanations of certain public policy preferences. Topics range across the policy issue spectrum.
PUBL-101
3 Credits
This interdisciplinary course introduces the student to the key concepts of public policy, the policymaking process, the role of stakeholders and interest groups, and the basic dimensions policy analysis. Those concepts are then applied through a range of issues, such as the environment, clean energy, climate change, healthcare, cybersecurity, employment, privacy, telecommunications, and innovation, at local, state, federal and international levels.
STSO-421
3 Credits
This course introduces students to federal, state, and local environmental policies and the various policy paths leading to their establishment. Students will understand how societal values inform the content of environmental policies and the impacts, in turn, of these policies on society. In addition, the class will explore how environmental economics informs the new tools of environmental policy. The course covers a range of environmental policies at the U.S. and international levels addressing problems such as air and water pollution, climate change, energy use, and community sustainability.
ANTH-370
3 Credits
The cultural importance of mass media has undergone tremendous growth in the context of globalization. Analysis of the global flows of media images across national borders emphasizes the cultural, social, and political impact of global media culture on communities in different parts of the world. How, for example, do mass media represent or shape cultural values and beliefs in developing societies? What is the role of mass media in forging national and ethnic identities, body images, cultural constructs of sexuality and gender, and the perceptions of war and violence in different societies?