The Reiff Center seeks to raise awareness of the horrors of genocide, human rights violations and conflict and to study ways to overcome these scourges by examining the international and national application of human rights, conflict resolution and peace studies. To this end, the Reiff Center sponsors educational programs, curricular development, conferences and public events, service and leadership opportunities, and research for affiliated faculty and students.


As a non-partisan Center, the Reiff Center builds upon CNU’s liberal arts mission. The Center’s goals and activities include:

  • Enhancing CNU’s undergraduate curriculum in human rights, genocide studies, conflict and peace studies, and conflict resolution, including study abroad trips and service-based learning
  • Supporting undergraduate and faculty scholarship in the aforementioned areas
  • Organizing conferences and public events designed to raise awareness of the horrors of genocide, conflict and human rights violations as well as the ways to overcome these issues
  • Finding ways to increase student engagement beyond the academic curriculum through internships, volunteer opportunities and research projects

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Dr. Suparna Chaudhry is an assistant professor of political science at Christopher Newport University. Her research and teaching interests include human rights, international organizations, and political violence and conflict, with a specific focus on state persecution of NGOs. Prior to joining Christopher Newport, she was a post-doctoral fellow in U.S. foreign policy and international security at the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth College. She earned her PhD from Yale University, an MA from the University of Chicago and a BA in history from St. Stephen's College, University of Delhi.



Anthony Santoro, PhD, Chair

General Matthew Brand (ret.), Vice chair

Theodore R. Reiff, MD, Founder

Eric W. Reiff, DMA

Mario Mazzarella, PhD

Kim Eger

John Finn, PhD

Tatiana Rizova, PhD



Brittany Branch, Research Intern

Otso Castrén, Research Intern

Elizabeth Fix, Research Intern

Lauren Gagliardone, Events Intern

Katie Hall, Research Intern

Madeline Nichols, Research Intern

William Saunders, Research Intern

Savannah Sherman, Research Intern

A. Tyler Smith, Administrative Intern 

Isabella Terrono, Research Intern

Abigail Weatherington, Social Media Intern


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