Vilma "Nina" Balmaceda
Dr. Balmaceda is Director of the Center for Scholarship and Global Engagement and Associate Professor of Political Science at Nyack College in New York. Born and raised in Lima, Peru, Nina earned her law degree at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru. After pursuing graduate studies in the US as a Fulbright scholar, Nina taught part time at her alma mater’s Law School, and worked in the human rights legal field. She holds master’s degrees in International Peace Studies, and in Government and International Studies, as well as a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame du Lac. A frequent international speaker on issues of human rights, advocacy and restorative justice, Nina is especially interested in the role of justice in the construction of peace and reconciliation within and among communities. She is happily married to Roberto W. Chia and their son Roberto Alfredo is 15 years old.