Associate Professor
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524 West 59th Street, Suite 632.04 Haaren Hall

PhD  -   University at Albany, SUNY, 2002, Sociologist
BA     -   Hunter College, CUNY, 1994, Sociologist


Marcia Esparza earned her baccalaureate (Summa Cum Laude) at Hunter College and her doctoral degree in Sociology at the University at Albany, SUNY.  Dr. Esparza's research areas include state violence, genocide, collective memory-silence in the aftermath of mass killings and military sociology in Latin America and more recently in Spain, and in particular in the Baleares Island of Mallorca. Her research experience includes her work for the United Nations’ sponsored Truth Commission in Guatemala (1997-1999). She is the Founder and Director of the Historical Memory Project, a forum for documenting and promoting the historical memory of state violence. For further information, visit the Project's website,

Dr. Esparza's monograph, Silenced Communities: Legacies of and Resistance to Militarization and Militarism in a Rural Guatemalan Town  explores the long-term footprints of war and genocide upon rural Indigenous communities impacted by the conditions of internal colonialism, which the army exploited to build its mass-based support (Berghahn Books, 2017). Her second book , co-edited with historian Nina Schneider, is a critical  examination of transitional justice in Latin America (Lexigton Books). She is also the co-editor of  Remembering the Rescuers of Victims of Human Rights Crimes in Latin America. (Lexington Books, 2016) and State Violence and Genocide in Latin American: The Cold War Years (Routledge, 2009). She is currently a co-editor for the Journal of Genocide Research (JGR).

Dr. Esparza is the recipient of prestigious fellowships from the Ford Foundation (2010-2011) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (2011-2012).   

JJC Affiliations
Department of Criminal Justice, International Criminal Justice Program
Professional Memberships

Journal of Perpetrators Studies, Advisory Board

International Association of Genocide Scholars (IAGS), Advisory Board

International Network of Genocide Scholars (INOGS), Advisory Board

English, Spanish, basic French
Scholarly Work

Esparza, Marcia. 2017. Silenced Communities: Legacies Resistance to Militarization and Militarism in a Guatemalan Rural Town. (Bergham Books)

Esparza, Marcia & Carla DeYcaza (Eds). 2016. Remembering the Rescuers of Victims of Human Rights Crimes in Latin America. (Lexington Books)

Schneider, Nina & Marcia Esparza (Eds). 2015. Transitional Justice and Legacies of State Violence in Latin America: A “Double-Edged Sword” Paradigm?” (Lexington Books)

Esparza, Marcia, Huttenbach Henry & Daniel Feierstein (Eds). 2010. State Violence and Genocide in Latin America: The Cold War Years. (Routledge)