Laurie Johnston

Laurie Johnston, Ph.D., is an ethicist working on issues of war and peacebuilding, the environmental impact of war, human rights, and religious liberty.  She is Associate Professor of Theology and Director of Fellowships at Emmanuel College in Boston. She recently co-edited Can War be Just in the 21st Century: Ethicists Engage the Tradition with Tobias Winright.  She has a longstanding interest in Christian-Muslim relations; at the Center, she is working on a project on migration and Catholic universities; the project examines how Catholic educational institutions in Europe and the US understand their identities in relation to Muslim students and faculty in their midst, particularly in situations where Muslim students make up a significant portion of the student body.  She is also engaged in a project on the ethics of nuclear disarmament, and will be teaching a course in BC’s International Studies program in spring of 2017. 

Dr. Johnston holds a B.A. from the University of Virginia, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and  Ph.D. in Theological Ethics from Boston College.  She is a member of the Community of Sant’Egidio and serves on the Steering Committee of the Catholic Peacebuilding Committee.  Recently she gave a presentation in Kinshasa to the Rectors of Catholic universities from throughout Africa on “Incorporating Peace Studies and Catholic Social Teaching Across the Curriculum.” She also spoke at the Boisi Center at BC recently on“Just War Theory and the Environmental Consequences of War.”

Cruz Estrada de Quinn

Rogelia Cruz Estrada de Quinn

During her stay here at BC, Rogelia Cruz Estrada will engage in research with Guatemalan migrants in the US.  This work will fit the purpose and research areas of the Center's Migration and Human Rights Project (MHRP).  She will also collaborate with the MHRP's project in Guatemala with Center Co-Director Brinton Lykes and other members of the team. 

Recent research by the MHRP with three migrant rights organizations in New England well as with local parishes suggests (1) that Guatemalans, although numerous in New England, are not as active in local community organizations as one might expect; and (2) that local churches in which many undocumented migrants gather to pray and seek community are often lacking in basic information about the threats facing these communities, many of whose members are undocumented – and how to support them.  Ms. Cruz Estrada’s recent research has mapped these communities in the greater Boston area to better understand their social organization and priorities.  She will be developing educational resources through which churches can better educate their congregations and leaders on the realities facing undocumented migrants in the USA, particularly those living in transnational and mixed-status families.

As part of the next phase of her research this year, Ms. Cruz Estrada will be interviewing Guatemalan migrants in different communities in greater Boston to gather more information on the following questions: Their reasons for migrating to the US; their conceptions of being a transnational and/or a mixed-status family; their usage of electronic media; what they like most about the United States and the Boston area; the challenges they face here and in Guatemala; how they conceptualize similarities or differences between Mayans and ladinos; and what they imagine to be new goals with a new incoming US government.

Ramsay Liem

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Ramsay Liem is professor emeritus of psychology, Boston College, and past co-coordinator for the Asian American Studies Program.  He has conducted oral histories with Korean American survivors of the Korean War and directed the multi-media project, Still Present Pasts: Korean Americans and the “Forgotten War” (www.stillpresentpasts.org) based on this research. Still Present Pasts has been shown at 13 sites in the U.S. and South Korea thus far.  He is currently co-directing and producing the film, Memory of Forgotten War with Deann Borshay Liem.  His latest publication is “When a Fireball Drops in your Hole: Biography Formed in the Crucible of War." 

He is a co-founder with CHRIJ Associate Director, Brinton Lykes, of the Ignacio Martín-Baró Fund for Mental Health and Human Rights, now a project of the Center.  


Maryanne Loughry

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Dr. Maryanne Loughry is a Sister of Mercy, a psychologist, and an academic working on the rights of forced migrants with research affiliations at Oxford University and Flinders University of South Australia. She is currently the Associate Director of Jesuit Refugee Service Australia. She was first visiting scholar at the Center in Fall 2008.  Dr. Loughry serves on several international boards including the academic board of the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme and the Governing Committee of the International Catholic Migration Committee. More recently she has been involved in researching and writing on the links between climate change and forced migration. 


Kalina Brabeck

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Counseling, Educational Leadership, and School Psychology Department Rhode Island College

email: kbrabeck@ric.edu

Kalina M. Brabeck is a licensed counseling psychologist and Associate Professor in the Department of Counseling, Educational Leadership and School Psychology at Rhode Island College. She is a Foundation for Child Development Young Scholar and a Roger Williams University Latino Policy Institute Research Fellow. As a bilingual (Spanish/English) psychologist, Dr. Brabeck has worked as a researcher, advocate, and clinician with Latino immigrant families for the past 15 years. Her research explores the intersections among socio-structural challenges (e.g., poverty, racism, immigration status), family processes, and individual mental health and wellbeing.

Since 2007, she has focused on the consequences of U.S. immigration policies and practices for Latino immigrant families and children. She is Principal Investigator on a mixed-methods study, funded by the Foundation for Child Development, that explores the impact of Latino immigrant parent legal status on health, academic, and social/emotional outcomes for U.S.-born children ages 7-10. Additionally she has worked since 2007 with the Migration and Human Rights Project (formerly the Post-Deportation Human Rights Project) based at Boston College. Through this multi-year, participatory action, and mixed-methods research, she collected data in both the U.S. and in Guatemala on the impact of immigrant status and enforcements on Central American families in both counties. Her most recent research initiative involves understanding the post-release experiences of unaccompanied Central American immigrant youth and developing school-based interventions to support their mental health and academic engagement. Her work has been published in academic journals and books as well as in popular press (e.g., Huffington Post, Providence Journal), and policy forums (e.g., Child and Family BlogRhode Island Collaborative).

Dr. Brabeck is an advocate for immigrant children and families and was first-author on a report on the impact of parental deportation on U.S.-born children that was presented to the Inter-American Human Rights Commission in Washington, DC. Her work was recently cited in an amicus brief presented to the U.S. Supreme Court in the case SCOTUS Texas vs. U.S.. Finally, Dr. Brabeck has 15 years of experience working clinically with Latino immigrant children and families, including providing forensic psychological evaluations and expert testimony in immigration court.


Ricardo Falla Sánchez

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Ricardo Falla Sánchez is a Guatemalan Jesuit anthropologist who completed his PhD at the University of Texas in Austin after having studied theology in Innsbruck Austria with Karl Rahner, among others.  He has dedicated his life to documenting the lives and cultures of the Quiché [K'iche'] Maya in Guatemala and other indigenous peoples in Central America. His writings document the massacres of Maya communities, their struggles for justice and human rights, as well as their revitalization with assistance by Catholic Action. He is perhaps most widely know for his 1992 publication on the massacres in the early 1980s in the Guatemalan Highlands,  Masacres de la Selva – a volume that appeared in English, Massacres of the Jungle, in 1994.  He has recently published three books on Maya youth, two focused on those from the Ixcán area of Guatemala: Alicia: Explorando la identidad de una joven maya [Exploring identity: The story of a Maya youth] (2005) and Juventud de una comunidad maya: Ixcán, Guatemala [Youth from a Maya Community, Ixcán, Guatemala] (2006) and a third volume,  Migración transnacional retornada: Juventud indígena de Zacualpa, Guatemala [Transnational migration and return: Indigenous youth of Zacualpa, Guatemala] (2007) which focuses on youth who have immigrated to the United States and voluntarily returned to Guatemala.