Visit the Museum





Academic Research

Remember Survivors and Victims

Genocide Prevention

Antisemitism and Holocaust Denial

Outreach Programs

Other Museum Websites

< Simon-Skjodt Center Fellows

Riva Kantowitz

Genocide Prevention Fellow


July 1, 2019–Present

Riva Kantowitz’s work focuses on supporting resilient and thriving communities in conflict-affected countries. For more than 20 years, she has worked to promote human rights, prevent violence, and provide support to civil society and grassroots efforts in fragile and developing environments. She now focuses on strengthening the effectiveness of donors and other international actors through partnerships and innovative approaches to funding. In addition to independent consulting with funders on these topics, she is currently a Senior Advisor at the Dag Hammarskjold Foundation and a member of the UN Expert Advisory Board on Children on Armed Conflict. Previously, she founded and led a team at the US Department of State that provides strategic direction and oversight to a global investment portfolio to promote human rights in conflict-affected countries. She co-directed Sabanci University’s Program in Conflict Analysis and has been a faculty member at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University and the Center for Migration and Refugee Studies at the American University in Cairo. Dr. Kantowitz earned a PhD from Columbia University in Social-Organizational Psychology (2006).

Fellowship Project

Dr. Kantowitz is conducting original research on the roles of national, multilateral, and private donors in supporting civilian-led atrocity prevention and mitigation efforts, with a principal goal of generating recommendations about how to improve external assistance to these efforts. Her research will contribute to the Center's larger research project on the role of civilians in preventing and mitigating mass atrocities.