Humanities and Global Studies Concentration Speaker Shares Her Research on Genocide

Last Tuesday, Maya Camargo-Vemuri visited Foxcroft to speak with Humanities and Global Studies Concentration students about her research on genocide, which examines civilian victimization, mass violence, atrocities, and repression in modern states and societies. Before that meeting, she spoke to the AP Modern World class about historical events they are studying that are related to her field of research.  She is a doctoral student at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies and a Graduate Research Fellow at the SNF Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins.
Before that, she was a Graduate Research Fellow at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, taught classes on political violence, identity, and nationalism through the Johns Hopkins University Intersession Program, and was an Adjunct Professor at the U.S. Naval Academy's Department of Political Science. She has a B.A. in International Relations and Literature from American University and an M.P.P. with a dual specialization in International Security Policy and Conflict, Ethics, and Justice from the University of Maryland.

Following are a few reflections from students and faculty who interacted with her.

“Ms. Camargo-Vemuri talked to the students about her Ph.D. topic, how pivotal knowing the history of a conflict is in helping achieve peace, and also how history can help us predict the outbreak of future conflicts, including genocides and mass atrocities. She also explained the difference between a mass atrocity, a genocide, or genocidal acts. Her presentation was more of a conversation with a lot of student engagement. By the end of class, we all had a meaningful experience, and some of us were left feeling a little overwhelmed by the awesomeness of her message. She was evocative and educational, and we would love to host her again.” — Stephanie Young ’00, history teacher

“She had many interesting things to say and didn’t hold back regarding the truth of what happens in the areas of genocide and mass atrocities. Her examples helped my understanding of the topic.” — Eugenia G. ’27

“While giving an accurate description of this very emotional topic, she was able to explain it subjectively to avoid dramatizing the conflicts, but not their relevance.” — Kate Tomaskovic, Director of International Student Services

“I have spent many years focusing on helping the world from an environmental point of view. Her talk made me aware of this other reality and the important academic, not just political, work behind it. I spoke for hours with my father about it after I went home and am even reconsidering my focus in college. Perhaps I will study genocide and mass atrocities.” — Isabella W. ’24

“Ms. Maya Camargo-Vemuri was very nice and open to answering any questions I had and explained things very well. She was also able to show us the history and research done on violence and genocide without me having known a lot about the more in-depth parts of the topic. I was able to learn a lot that I can use for my studies in genocide and violence, and in other situations that have to do with more serious topics.” — Anais P. ‘26
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