Visiting Scholars

Visiting Scholars


Current Visiting Scholars:

Dr. Nerve V. Macaspac

Assistant Professor of Geography
Department of Political Science and Global Affairs
College of Staten Island, The City University of New York (CUNY)

Graduate Faculty
Earth and Environmental Sciences Doctoral Program
The Graduate Center, The City University of New York (CUNY)

Nerve V. Macaspac, PhD is a political geographer with a regional focus in Southeast Asia. His current interdisciplinary and ethnographic research focuses on the phenomenon of community-led peace zones, popularly known as demilitarized geographic areas, in armed conflicts. He uses the term “insurgent peace” to refer to the daily work of civilian communities in producing spaces for peace during active violence and war. Supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), Social Science Research Council (SSRC), International Peace Research Association (IPRA), and the American Association of Geographers (AAG), Dr. Macaspac’s research contributes to our understanding of the spatialities of peace beyond the dominant definition of peace as "absence of violence." Currently, he is a Co-Investigator of “Creating Safer Spaces: Strengthening Civilian Protection Amidst Violent Conflict,” a 4-year international and interdisciplinary research project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). This research aims to strengthen the field of unarmed civilian protection (UCP) and community self-protection research to create safer space for more communities amid violent conflict. At CSI, Dr. Macaspac teaches Urban Geography, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and Introduction to Geography. He also runs GeospatialCSI, a curricular initiative that aims to build a space and community among students to produce creative, collaborative, and public-facing Urban Geography-centered inquiry and research. He received his PhD in Geography at UCLA and a Masters in Asian Studies from UC Berkeley.

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Dr. Carsten Momsen

Department Head
Comparative Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure Law, White Collar/ Economic and Environmental Criminal Law
Freie Universität Berlin

Carsten Momsen, PhD heads the Department of Comparative Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure Law, White Collar/ Economic and Environmental Criminal Law at Freie Universität Berlin. He is an ongoing visiting scholar at the Center for International Human Rights at John Jay College and holds a position as scholar in residence at New York Law School. He was also a visiting professor at the University of Toronto in 2016 and 2019. Dr. Momsen is a Founding Member and PI of the Berlin based “Einstein Center Digital Future” and a permanent member of the Program Committee of the international conference series "SADFE - Systematic Approaches on Digital Forensic Engineering".

In addition to various compliance issues, his projects are focused on corporate responsibility for human rights violations. His research also includes data protection issues, digital evidence, digital forensics, and the discriminatory effects of predictive policing based on the use of 'Big Data' and 'AI' and the subsequent impact on human rights.

He is the Co-Founder and Director of the first nationwide German Wrongful-Conviction Project (

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Dr. Marie-Michelle Strah

Adjunct Professor
International Crime and Justice Program
John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The City University of New York (CUNY)

Dr. Marie-Michelle Strah is an adjunct professor teaching in the International Criminal Justice program at CUNY John Jay College.  She is also currently a Visiting Scholar in the John Jay Center for International Human Rights in artificial intelligence. Dr. Strah is a US Army veteran and holds a PhD from Cornell University as well as an MA and Advanced Certificate in Transnational Organized Crime from John Jay College. She has over 20 years’ experience in cybersecurity, cybercrime, digital transformation, data security, governance and compliance for public and private sector entities worldwide. After her military service, Dr. Strah held global leadership roles specializing in highly regulated industries with General Dynamics, Microsoft and NBCUniversal and has provided executive and cabinet level advisory services on cybersecurity and cybercrime prevention. She is a recognized expert in the field of disinformation and the terror-crime nexus. Her current research covers disinformation and financial fraud, cyber-enabled crimes, and the ethics of artificial intelligence in international crime and justice.

In 2021, Dr. Strah won a Digital Innovation Faculty Award for novel coursework on Disinformation and Cybercrime, emphasizing the role of international human rights law in computational propaganda and political violence. In addition, she was named John Jay College's Online Faculty Fellow for 2021-2022 working with faculty across the college to drive innovative learning opportunities and accessibility for student retention, engagement and success.

You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram @cyberslate.

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