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Faculty Leading Our Study Abroad Program in Chile

Chiseche Mibenge
Assistant Professor, Political Science
L.L.B., University of Zambia; Ph.D., Utrecht University

Before joining CUNY, Dr. Chiseche Mibenge worked as a researcher with the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights Research, a part of Utrecht University's School of Law. She focused her research on gender, violence, and access to justice in post-conflict societies and conducted field research in Rwanda and Sierra Leone. She has been invited as an international visiting scholar by American University's Washington College of Law's Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, the University of Bradford's Department of Peacekeeping, and the National University for Rwanda's Center for Conflict Management. She also was a human rights expert on field missions with the UN and other international organizations in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, and Sierra Leone, focusing on sexual violence and access to justice projects. Dr. Mibenge graduated from the University of Zambia's Law School and was admitted to the Bar as an Advocate of the High Court of Zambia. She obtained a master's degree in law, with a specialization in international and European protection of human rights, at Utrecht University's School of Law, and her final thesis examined the role of the international community in establishing genocide trials in post-conflict Rwanda. Dr. Mibenge will teach courses on politics and culture, human rights, and international law at Lehman. Her current research includes a critique of the narrow framing of masculinity as invariably violent/militarized by international development organizations that are supporting violence against women programs in developing countries.

Michael Buckley
Assistant Professor, Philosophy
B.A., Hunter College; Ph.D., Emory Univerity

Michael Buckley's interests are in the fields of political philosophy and applied ethics. He is currently working on two related projects examining ethical issues in post-conflict societies and emerging democracies, and has recently published works on methodological developments in political philosophy. Michael has been an Assistant Professor at Lehman since 2007, after having obtained a B.A. in Philosophy from Hunter College and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Emory University. Recent publications by Michael include “The Structure of Justification in Political Constructivism” (Metaphilosophy), “John Stuart Mill and the Idea of a Stationary State Economy” (in Humanistic Ethics in the Age of Globality), “Constructivism” (in The Encyclopedia of Global Justice), and "Promoting Peace through Dialogue," which he edited for the United Nation's University and Global Majority. Michael currently serves as a member of the Steering Committee for Lehman College’s Center for Human Rights and Peace Studies, and is a Board Member of Global Majority, a non-profit educational institute promoting non-violent conflict resolution through negotiation and mediation techniques.