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Dr. Daniel Maier-Katkin is a graduate of the City College of New York, Columbia Law School and the Institute of Criminology at Cambridge University. He was an assistant professor at SUNY Buffalo for three years, and then an associate professor, full professor and department head at Penn State University for more than twenty years. Dr. Maier-Katkin joined Florida State University in 1994 to take up the position of Dean of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice and served in that role for nine years during which time millions of dollars were secured for funded research and service projects, including a multi-year program on Democratic Values and the Administration of Justice in Central and Eastern Europe after the fall of the Soviet Union. During that period he was also instrumental in the establishment of the Center for the Advancement of Human Rights, with which he has since been closely involved.
Over the past decade Dr. Maier-Katkin's scholarly work and teaching have focused on international human rights and crimes against humanity. This body of work includes Stranger From Abroad: Hannah Arendt, Martin Heidegger, Friendship and Forgiveness (W.W.Norton, 2012), and roughly a dozen articles in journals as diverse as American Scholar, Harvard Review, Human Rights Quarterly, Tikkun, Theoretical Criminology, and Punishment and Society.