Barbara Harff, Ph.D (Northwestern University, 1981), is Professor of Political Science Emerita at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland and has been a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University. She pioneered the Systematic Comparative Analysis of the preconditions of genocides and political mass murders and continues to prepare updated global risk assessments for the UN, other governments and NGO’s. Professor Harff has held positions at LaTrobe University in Australia, University of Colorado (Boulder) and Marquette University.

As of January 2020, Dr. Harff was nominated and elected President of the board.