2018 SPECIAL GUESTS

 This year's Opening Night film is Nona, a narrative feature that stars Kate Bosworth (Blue Crush, Superman Returns, Still Alice, Heist), and written and directed by prominent filmmaker and husband, Michael Polish (Twin Falls Idaho, Northfork, The Astronaut Farmer).  Bosworth, an actress, activist and producer will be awarded with the festival’s 2018 Founder’s Award. Together Bosworth and Polish will present the film on opening night Tuesday, April 24th at 7:15 p.m. at the historic Byrd Theatre with a panel to follow made up of Polish, Bosworth and leading experts on human trafficking.     The 2018 Closing Night film is Buckout Road starring Danny Glover (Lethal Weapon, Dreamgirls, Beyond the Lights) with a special discussion to take place with Mr. Glover directly following the film on Sunday, April 29th at 5pm at the Byrd Theatre. Mr. Glover will also be presented with the 2018 Legacy Award. 

Prolific television writer and series creator Lee Aronsohn (Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory) will present his feature documentary, 40 Years in the Making: The Magic Music Band on Thursday, April 26th at 6:30pm at Bow Tie Movieland followed by a discussion with Aronsohn about his experience making the film, his music influences & television background, and discuss how the film and television industry has evolved into what it is today.  Another top influencer in television and film that will be a  2018 special guest is Rene Balcer. Balcer will present his feature documentary, Above the Drowning Sea  with co-executive Producer, Carolyn & Hsu-Balcer on Thursday, April 26th at 8pm at the Byrd Theatre with an extensive Q&A to follow.  

Kate Bosworth

 Bosworth made her feature film debut in Robert Redford’s film,  The Horse Whisperer  at the age of 14, and since has made the seamless transition from a young Hollywood starlet to one of today’s leading ladies, both onscreen and behind the lens.  On the big screen, Bosworth played the iconic ‘Lois Lane’ in Warner Bros.  Superman Returns  and ‘Sandra Dee’ in  Beyond the Sea , receiving rave reviews from critics and Dee herself for her portrayal as the ultimate golden girl.  Bosworth’s other film credits include critically acclaimed drama,  Still Alice  with Julianne Moore and Kristen Stewart;  Heist  with Robert DeNiro; Michael Polish’s  Big Sur  with Josh Lucas; the Sylvester Stallone-penned action-thriller  Homefront  with Jason Statham and James Franco; Polish’s faith-based film  90 Minutes in Heaven;  and more.

Bosworth made her feature film debut in Robert Redford’s film, The Horse Whisperer at the age of 14, and since has made the seamless transition from a young Hollywood starlet to one of today’s leading ladies, both onscreen and behind the lens.  On the big screen, Bosworth played the iconic ‘Lois Lane’ in Warner Bros. Superman Returns and ‘Sandra Dee’ in Beyond the Sea, receiving rave reviews from critics and Dee herself for her portrayal as the ultimate golden girl.

Bosworth’s other film credits include critically acclaimed drama, Still Alice with Julianne Moore and Kristen Stewart; Heist with Robert DeNiro; Michael Polish’s Big Sur with Josh Lucas; the Sylvester Stallone-penned action-thriller Homefront with Jason Statham and James Franco; Polish’s faith-based film 90 Minutes in Heaven; and more.

Michael Polish

 Michael Polish is one today's most critically acclaimed directors. His first feature film "Twin Falls Idaho" premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews and was hailed by respected critic, Roger Ebert as "one of the best films of 1999." Roger Ebert included "Twin Falls Idaho" in his Top 10 Selects of 1999. Michael went on to write and direct 10 more feature films, including "The Astronaut Farmer" starring Billy Bob Thornton and Virginia Madsen. This Warner Brothers produced picture is to date one of the highest grossing family films for the studio. Michael also wrote and directed "Northfork," starring Nick Nolte and James Woods. This film is beloved in the world of cinema and is often referenced for it's visionary merit. Michael's latest release is "Big Sur," an adaptation of the Jack Kerouac novel. This has film garnered much critical acclaim and The New York Times gave a major stamp of approval, "Big Sur Cracks The Code" - how to adapt a novel to screen.

Michael Polish is one today's most critically acclaimed directors. His first feature film "Twin Falls Idaho" premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews and was hailed by respected critic, Roger Ebert as "one of the best films of 1999." Roger Ebert included "Twin Falls Idaho" in his Top 10 Selects of 1999. Michael went on to write and direct 10 more feature films, including "The Astronaut Farmer" starring Billy Bob Thornton and Virginia Madsen. This Warner Brothers produced picture is to date one of the highest grossing family films for the studio. Michael also wrote and directed "Northfork," starring Nick Nolte and James Woods. This film is beloved in the world of cinema and is often referenced for it's visionary merit. Michael's latest release is "Big Sur," an adaptation of the Jack Kerouac novel. This has film garnered much critical acclaim and The New York Times gave a major stamp of approval, "Big Sur Cracks The Code" - how to adapt a novel to screen.

Danny Glover

 Actor, producer and humanitarian Danny Glover has been a commanding presence on screen, stage and television for more than 30 years.  As an actor, his film credits range from the blockbuster  Lethal Weapon  franchise to smaller independent features, some of which Glover also produced.  In recent years he has starred in an array of motion pictures including the critically-acclaimed  Dreamgirls  directed by Bill Condon and in the futuristic  2012  for director Roland Emmerich.  In addition to his film work, Glover is highly sought after as a public speaker, delivering inspirational addresses and moving performances in such diverse venues as college campuses, union rallies and business conventions.     Glover recently starred in  Almost Christmas  for Universal Studios.  He was also seen in  Rage  co-starring Nicolas Cage,  Beyond the Lights  and the independent  Complete Unknown.  He will soon  be completing roles in  Come Sunday  opposite Chewitel Ejiofor,  Old Man & The Gun  with Robert Redford and  Proud Mary  opposite Taraji P. Henson. 

Actor, producer and humanitarian Danny Glover has been a commanding presence on screen, stage and television for more than 30 years.  As an actor, his film credits range from the blockbuster Lethal Weapon franchise to smaller independent features, some of which Glover also produced.  In recent years he has starred in an array of motion pictures including the critically-acclaimed Dreamgirls directed by Bill Condon and in the futuristic 2012 for director Roland Emmerich.  In addition to his film work, Glover is highly sought after as a public speaker, delivering inspirational addresses and moving performances in such diverse venues as college campuses, union rallies and business conventions.   

Glover recently starred in Almost Christmas for Universal Studios.  He was also seen in Rage co-starring Nicolas Cage, Beyond the Lights and the independent Complete Unknown. He will soon  be completing roles in Come Sunday opposite Chewitel Ejiofor, Old Man & The Gun with Robert Redford and Proud Mary opposite Taraji P. Henson. 

 

Lee Aronsohn

 Lee Aronsohn is one of America’s most successful television writers and producers. Aronsohn co-created the sitcom  Two and a Half Men , and also wrote the original music for the series.  He also served as an executive producer, writer, and director for  The Bang Theory .  Aronsohn has written for many other beloved notable television shows including  The Love Boat, Who’s the Boss?, Murphy Brown, Grace Under Fire,  and  Cybill.   

Lee Aronsohn is one of America’s most successful television writers and producers. Aronsohn co-created the sitcom Two and a Half Men, and also wrote the original music for the series.  He also served as an executive producer, writer, and director for The Bang Theory.  Aronsohn has written for many other beloved notable television shows including The Love Boat, Who’s the Boss?, Murphy Brown, Grace Under Fire, and Cybill. 

René Balcer

 René Balcer is well known as the showrunner, head writer and executive producer of the iconic television series Law & Order, and as the co-creator and showrunner of its hit spin-off series Law & Order Criminal Intent.  His latest production is Law & Order True Crime - The Menendez Murders, an eight-part limited series for NBC starring Edie Falco.  René has also written and produced award-winning documentaries on art and China, and has recently completed Above the Drowning Sea, a documentary about Jewish refugees in China.  He has won an Emmy, the Peabody Award, a Writers Guild of America Award and four Edgar Awards for his television work.  His writing on social issues has been recognized with awards from Planned Parenthood, the Alliance for Justice, the American Bar Association and other organizations.

René Balcer is well known as the showrunner, head writer and executive producer of the iconic television series Law & Order, and as the co-creator and showrunner of its hit spin-off series Law & Order Criminal Intent.  His latest production is Law & Order True Crime - The Menendez Murders, an eight-part limited series for NBC starring Edie Falco.

René has also written and produced award-winning documentaries on art and China, and has recently completed Above the Drowning Sea, a documentary about Jewish refugees in China.

He has won an Emmy, the Peabody Award, a Writers Guild of America Award and four Edgar Awards for his television work.

His writing on social issues has been recognized with awards from Planned Parenthood, the Alliance for Justice, the American Bar Association and other organizations.

Samuel Roukin

 Samuel Roukin is best known for his role as the villainous John Graves Simcoe on AMC’s  TURN: Washington’s Spies.   His directorial debut ‘The Break’ inspired by his work as a DJ, is playing at RIFF this year and his second short film ‘Demus' is currently in post production.  Roukin began his career as an actor in British theater including roles in Trevor Nunn’s  Hamlet  at The Old Vic; Padraic in  The Lieutenant of Inishmore  at Leicester Curve; For the National Theatre, Bijan Sheibani’s  The Kitchen  ; Sir Nicholas Hytner’s  His Dark Materials  and  Henry IV Parts 1 & 2 . Roukin also spent a season at The Royal Shakespeare Company in the lead role of Pip in Declan Donnellan’s adaptation of  Great Expectations . Most recently on Broadway, Roukin played Valvert in The Roundabout’s production of  Cyrano de Bergerac .   On TV he can be seen in  Agents of Shield, The Librarians, The Magicians, Salem, Housewife 49, Appropriate Adult , and  Richard II , produced by Sam Mendes. Roukin’s feature film debut was in the Oscar®-nominated  Happy-Go-Lucky , directed by Mike Leigh. Other films include Jane Campion’s  Bright Star , David Yates’  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows  and  Equity.  He is about to begin principal photography on  Miss Atkins’ Army,  a film about female spies in World War II.   As a DJ and Producer under the name ROUKIN, he plays at clubs and festivals around the US and beyond, specialising in Deep House and Tech House. His pop-up nightclub VOLTAGE tours the US promoting emerging electronic talent and is taking over The Hofheimer Building for RIFF on 4/26.   Roukin is a native of Southport, England, was trained at The University of Hull, and earned a distinction from Bristol Old Vic. He now lives in Los Angeles.

Samuel Roukin is best known for his role as the villainous John Graves Simcoe on AMC’s TURN: Washington’s Spies.

His directorial debut ‘The Break’ inspired by his work as a DJ, is playing at RIFF this year and his second short film ‘Demus' is currently in post production.

Roukin began his career as an actor in British theater including roles in Trevor Nunn’s Hamlet at The Old Vic; Padraic in The Lieutenant of Inishmore at Leicester Curve; For the National Theatre, Bijan Sheibani’s The Kitchen ; Sir Nicholas Hytner’s His Dark Materials and Henry IV Parts 1 & 2. Roukin also spent a season at The Royal Shakespeare Company in the lead role of Pip in Declan Donnellan’s adaptation of Great Expectations. Most recently on Broadway, Roukin played Valvert in The Roundabout’s production of Cyrano de Bergerac

On TV he can be seen in Agents of Shield, The Librarians, The Magicians, Salem, Housewife 49, Appropriate Adult, and Richard II, produced by Sam Mendes. Roukin’s feature film debut was in the Oscar®-nominated Happy-Go-Lucky, directed by Mike Leigh. Other films include Jane Campion’s Bright Star, David Yates’ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and Equity. He is about to begin principal photography on Miss Atkins’ Army, a film about female spies in World War II. 

As a DJ and Producer under the name ROUKIN, he plays at clubs and festivals around the US and beyond, specialising in Deep House and Tech House. His pop-up nightclub VOLTAGE tours the US promoting emerging electronic talent and is taking over The Hofheimer Building for RIFF on 4/26. 

Roukin is a native of Southport, England, was trained at The University of Hull, and earned a distinction from Bristol Old Vic. He now lives in Los Angeles.

 

Carolyn Hsu-Balcer

 Carolyn Hsu-Balcer is a designer, philanthropist and art collector based in Los Angeles and New York.  As a philanthropist, Carolyn has worked to foster Sino-American understanding through education and culture. Her interest in cross-cultural exchanges has led her to organize ground-breaking exhibits of Chinese art including “Xu Bing Tobacco Project Virginia” (2011 VMFA), “Light Before Dawn” (2013 Asia Society Hong Kong), “Blooming in the Shadows” (2011 China Institute NY), “Ming Cho Lee: A Retrospective” (2011 Ningbo Museum), and “Oil and Water: Re-Interpreting Ink” (2014 MOCA NY).  Carolyn has produced award-winning documentaries on Chinese art, including “The No Name Painting Association” and “Xu Bing Tobacco Project Virginia”.  In publishing, she has sponsored the publication of a 13-volume catalogue of the works of the Wuming group of Chinese artists, and the publication of “Ai Wei Wei: New York Photographs 1983-1993”.

Carolyn Hsu-Balcer is a designer, philanthropist and art collector based in Los Angeles and New York.

As a philanthropist, Carolyn has worked to foster Sino-American understanding through education and culture. Her interest in cross-cultural exchanges has led her to organize ground-breaking exhibits of Chinese art including “Xu Bing Tobacco Project Virginia” (2011 VMFA), “Light Before Dawn” (2013 Asia Society Hong Kong), “Blooming in the Shadows” (2011 China Institute NY), “Ming Cho Lee: A Retrospective” (2011 Ningbo Museum), and “Oil and Water: Re-Interpreting Ink” (2014 MOCA NY).

Carolyn has produced award-winning documentaries on Chinese art, including “The No Name Painting Association” and “Xu Bing Tobacco Project Virginia”.  In publishing, she has sponsored the publication of a 13-volume catalogue of the works of the Wuming group of Chinese artists, and the publication of “Ai Wei Wei: New York Photographs 1983-1993”.

Tom Donahue

  Tom Donahue  is an American film director and producer. His two latest feature documentaries are  HBO 's   Casting By  , which was nominated for an  Emmy , and   Thank You for Your Service  , which was released theatrically by Gathr Films in 2016. In 2010, Donahue founded the production company CreativeChaos vmg with  Ilan Arboleda  and Steve Edwards.  Donahue’s feature documentary,  Thank You For Your Service , premiered at DOC NYC in November 2015. Called “gut-wrenching” and “important” by  The New York Times , the film is an examination of failed mental health policy in the U.S. military. The film argues the creation of a Behavioral Health Corps is necessary to ensure accountability in the military chain of command toward mental health.  Thank You For Your Service  includes interviews with  Secretary of Defense   Robert Gates ,  General David Petraeus ,  General Loree Sutton ,  General Peter Chiarelli ,  Gary Sinise ,  Sebastian Junger  and  Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff ,  Admiral Mike Mullen . These interviews are interwoven with the experiences of four combat veterans who fought major battles while deployed in Operations Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Enduring Freedom (OEF).

Tom Donahue is an American film director and producer. His two latest feature documentaries are HBO's Casting By, which was nominated for an Emmy, and Thank You for Your Service, which was released theatrically by Gathr Films in 2016. In 2010, Donahue founded the production company CreativeChaos vmg with Ilan Arboleda and Steve Edwards.

Donahue’s feature documentary, Thank You For Your Service, premiered at DOC NYC in November 2015. Called “gut-wrenching” and “important” by The New York Times, the film is an examination of failed mental health policy in the U.S. military. The film argues the creation of a Behavioral Health Corps is necessary to ensure accountability in the military chain of command toward mental health. Thank You For Your Service includes interviews with Secretary of Defense Robert GatesGeneral David PetraeusGeneral Loree SuttonGeneral Peter ChiarelliGary SiniseSebastian Junger and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of StaffAdmiral Mike Mullen. These interviews are interwoven with the experiences of four combat veterans who fought major battles while deployed in Operations Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Enduring Freedom (OEF).

Former Governor of Virginia Terry McAuliffe

 In November 2013 Terry McAuliffe was elected the 72nd Governor of Virginia. As Governor, McAuliffe has focused on equality for all Virginians, enhancing quality of life, and building a new diversified economy that makes economic opportunity a right, not a privilege.  To keep Virginia competitive, McAuliffe implemented major economic development initiatives designed to strengthen the Commonwealth’s pro-business climate, ensure efficient investment in world-class infrastructure and develop a 21st century workforce capable of meeting the needs of emerging businesses and industries.  President Obama appointed McAuliffe to NGA’s Council of Governors to provide advice on national security matters.  McAuliffe is now working with  Former Attorney General Eric Holder to combat Republican gerrymandering through the efforts of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee as the State Engagement Chair.  He currently serves as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University.

In November 2013 Terry McAuliffe was elected the 72nd Governor of Virginia. As Governor, McAuliffe has focused on equality for all Virginians, enhancing quality of life, and building a new diversified economy that makes economic opportunity a right, not a privilege.

To keep Virginia competitive, McAuliffe implemented major economic development initiatives designed to strengthen the Commonwealth’s pro-business climate, ensure efficient investment in world-class infrastructure and develop a 21st century workforce capable of meeting the needs of emerging businesses and industries.

President Obama appointed McAuliffe to NGA’s Council of Governors to provide advice on national security matters.  McAuliffe is now working with  Former Attorney General Eric Holder to combat Republican gerrymandering through the efforts of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee as the State Engagement Chair.

He currently serves as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University.

 

Wiliam Travis Rodriguez

 William is a former Army Sergeant and decorated three-time OEF/OIF Army veteran. After transitioning, he received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Ashland University, and a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California (USC), where he was in the first cohort for the military concentration program. His lifelong experience growing up in an active-duty military family, and as an active duty noncommissioned officer with a young family of his own, gives him a unique perspective on the needs of transitioning service members, veterans and military families.  William has dedicated his life to helping people focus on post-traumatic growth, wellness and finding their mission, purpose and identity. William’s life experiences and extensive studies give him a down to earth, highly relatable style of communication that fosters trust and confidence with his clients and audiences. He works as a program evaluator and researcher with Purple Star Veterans and Families, a retreat facilitator for Phoenix Rising, and as a life coach working with clients in Santa Barbara, CA.  He is featured in the award-winning documentary,  Thank You for Your Service , and is a public speaker, traveling around the country discussing the need for changes within the military and VA, including the need for a Behavioral Health Corps. He was part of the 2017 TEDx Santa Barbara, with his talk “There’s nothing funny when a warrior cries.” He has been on panels at Harvard, Yale, USC and more, and interviewed by CBS Radio’s connectingvets.com, the  Wall Street Journal , AOL Build Series and podcasts.

William is a former Army Sergeant and decorated three-time OEF/OIF Army veteran. After transitioning, he received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Ashland University, and a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California (USC), where he was in the first cohort for the military concentration program. His lifelong experience growing up in an active-duty military family, and as an active duty noncommissioned officer with a young family of his own, gives him a unique perspective on the needs of transitioning service members, veterans and military families.

William has dedicated his life to helping people focus on post-traumatic growth, wellness and finding their mission, purpose and identity. William’s life experiences and extensive studies give him a down to earth, highly relatable style of communication that fosters trust and confidence with his clients and audiences. He works as a program evaluator and researcher with Purple Star Veterans and Families, a retreat facilitator for Phoenix Rising, and as a life coach working with clients in Santa Barbara, CA.

He is featured in the award-winning documentary, Thank You for Your Service, and is a public speaker, traveling around the country discussing the need for changes within the military and VA, including the need for a Behavioral Health Corps. He was part of the 2017 TEDx Santa Barbara, with his talk “There’s nothing funny when a warrior cries.” He has been on panels at Harvard, Yale, USC and more, and interviewed by CBS Radio’s connectingvets.com, the Wall Street Journal, AOL Build Series and podcasts.

Carrie Ann Alford

  Carrie Ann Alford, Director of Policy and Planning, Virginia Department of Veterans Services   Ms. Alford serves as policy and legislative liaison for the DVS Commissioner, John L. Newby, II. She works closely with the policy directors for the Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs and The Adjutant General of the Virginia National Guard to create a coordinated legislative strategy to benefit Virginia’s military, veterans and Guard, and furthers the goal making Virginia the most veteran-friendly state in the nation.  She previously served as legislative aide to Virginia state senator Toddy Puller, crafting veterans and health care legislation. She worked as a reporter covering homeland security, terrorism and federal appropriations on Capitol Hill. She holds a duel BA in Journalism and in Old Testament Literature/Jewish Studies from Moody, in Chicago, a Master’s in Legislative Affairs from George Washington University and a Certificate in Advanced International Affairs – National Security Policy from Texas A&M University.

Carrie Ann Alford, Director of Policy and Planning, Virginia Department of Veterans Services  Ms. Alford serves as policy and legislative liaison for the DVS Commissioner, John L. Newby, II. She works closely with the policy directors for the Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs and The Adjutant General of the Virginia National Guard to create a coordinated legislative strategy to benefit Virginia’s military, veterans and Guard, and furthers the goal making Virginia the most veteran-friendly state in the nation.

She previously served as legislative aide to Virginia state senator Toddy Puller, crafting veterans and health care legislation. She worked as a reporter covering homeland security, terrorism and federal appropriations on Capitol Hill. She holds a duel BA in Journalism and in Old Testament Literature/Jewish Studies from Moody, in Chicago, a Master’s in Legislative Affairs from George Washington University and a Certificate in Advanced International Affairs – National Security Policy from Texas A&M University.

Brian Meyer

 Brian L. Meyer, Ph.D., is a Clinical Psychologist and the Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder/Substance Use Disorders Specialist at the H.H. McGuire Veterans Administration Medical Center and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Virginia Commonwealth University. He obtained his A.B. from Harvard University and his Ph.D. in clinical psychology with a specialization in adolescents and families from Duke University.  Dr. Meyer has worked in the child welfare and the child and adult mental health fields as a clinician, administrator, teacher, policy maker, program developer, expert witness, researcher, and trainer. Throughout his career, Dr. Meyer has worked with people who have experienced trauma, and his clinical expertise is in treating trauma and its co-morbid disorders. In his current roles, Dr. Meyer provides evidence-based treatments for Veterans who have problems with PTSD, substance abuse, depression, TBI, and other co-occurring conditions; works with Veterans and their families to address post-combat adaptations; supervises psychology trainees; and conducts research on treatments for Veterans with PTSD.  Dr. Meyer is a nationally-known speaker on a wide range of content areas including the treatment of trauma and co-morbid conditions, complex trauma, the effects of trauma and substance abuse on families, Veterans’ mental health, mindfulness meditation, secondary traumatization and self-care, and collaborative courts.

Brian L. Meyer, Ph.D., is a Clinical Psychologist and the Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder/Substance Use Disorders Specialist at the H.H. McGuire Veterans Administration Medical Center and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Virginia Commonwealth University. He obtained his A.B. from Harvard University and his Ph.D. in clinical psychology with a specialization in adolescents and families from Duke University.

Dr. Meyer has worked in the child welfare and the child and adult mental health fields as a clinician, administrator, teacher, policy maker, program developer, expert witness, researcher, and trainer. Throughout his career, Dr. Meyer has worked with people who have experienced trauma, and his clinical expertise is in treating trauma and its co-morbid disorders. In his current roles, Dr. Meyer provides evidence-based treatments for Veterans who have problems with PTSD, substance abuse, depression, TBI, and other co-occurring conditions; works with Veterans and their families to address post-combat adaptations; supervises psychology trainees; and conducts research on treatments for Veterans with PTSD.

Dr. Meyer is a nationally-known speaker on a wide range of content areas including the treatment of trauma and co-morbid conditions, complex trauma, the effects of trauma and substance abuse on families, Veterans’ mental health, mindfulness meditation, secondary traumatization and self-care, and collaborative courts.

 

Dr. Monti Narayan Datta

  Dr. Monti Narayan Datta  is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Richmond, where he teaches classes on international relations, social science research methods, world-public opinion, and human rights & modern slavery. In 2013, Monti helped develop the  Global Slavery Index , which assesses the prevalence of human trafficking across the world. In addition to publishing several academic articles on human trafficking with Kevin Bales, Monti has consulted with anti-human trafficking organizations in the United States, Australia, and Thailand. Some of his current research explores the relationship between slavery and conflict and when countries might use slavery for strategic and tactical purposes in warfare. Monti is also curious about anti-Americanism and is the author of   Anti-Americanism and World Opinion: Consequences for the U.S. National Interest  . He is also developing a new book,  Confronting the Original Sin: Race and the Image of America Abroad , with Giacomo Chiozza.

Dr. Monti Narayan Datta is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Richmond, where he teaches classes on international relations, social science research methods, world-public opinion, and human rights & modern slavery. In 2013, Monti helped develop the Global Slavery Index, which assesses the prevalence of human trafficking across the world. In addition to publishing several academic articles on human trafficking with Kevin Bales, Monti has consulted with anti-human trafficking organizations in the United States, Australia, and Thailand. Some of his current research explores the relationship between slavery and conflict and when countries might use slavery for strategic and tactical purposes in warfare. Monti is also curious about anti-Americanism and is the author of Anti-Americanism and World Opinion: Consequences for the U.S. National Interest. He is also developing a new book, Confronting the Original Sin: Race and the Image of America Abroad, with Giacomo Chiozza.