Charles Cronin, Co-Director: Charles is lecturer in law at the University of Southern California, with a specialization in copyright. At USC he heads an online Music Copyright Infringement Resource, now used by copyright instructors, practitioners, judges, academics, and students throughout the U.S. He has published many articles about music technologies and copyright, and about works on the fringes of copyright protection. He has taught copyright as an adjunct professor at the University of San Diego Law School and recently spent a year as a visiting fellow at Yale Law School. He also works as a consultant to the International Fragrance Association in Brussels. B.M., Oberlin; J.D., American University; M.A., Ph.D., Stanford; M.I.M.S. (Information Systems), Berkeley.
Erik Nemeth, Co-Director: As an independent researcher in Santa Monica, California, Erik examines the evolving significance of artworks, historic structures, and monuments in international affairs. While working with the Getty Research Institute and the RAND Corporation, he has published on cultural security and intelligence, in journals such as Terrorism and Political Violence, Intelligence and National Security, and Cambridge Review of International Affairs. Erik has presented at conferences in art history, archaeology, information science, and criminology and recently completed a book, Cultural Security: Evaluating the Power of Culture in International Affairs (Imperial College Press, London). B.A. computer science and Ph.D. vision science, University of California, Berkeley.
Graduate Student Research Assistants
Sarah Allen is a third year law student at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law. She graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Art History from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2008. Her undergraduate studies focused on Pre-Columbian art. She has conversational language skills in Spanish and German.
Timur Tusiray is currently a third year law student at the USC Gould School of Law. He graduated from UCLA in 2010 with a B.A. in Art History and Political Science, and a minor in Italian. He worked as a curator in Istanbul at Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, before returning to California to attend law school. He has summered with the general counsel of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and externed at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Vienna, Austria, where he helped develop a practical assistance tool on combating the illicit global market in cultural property.
Sally Johnson graduated from Yale University in 2012 with a BA in History of Art and Archaeological Studies. In the fall of 2012, she earned a post-graduate certificate from the Association for Research into Crimes against Art (ARCA), Program in International Art Crime and Cultural Heritage Protection Studies and received ARCA’s top award for her thesis, Limitations of the 1954 Hague Convention and Protocols. Sally continued to work in the field as an Executive Administrator at The Conservation Center in Chicago and continues to write for CulturalSecurity.net.
Apsara Iyer is a student at Yale University, pursuing a dual degree in Economics & Math and Spanish. As a researcher with the Scottish Center for Crime and Justice Research and George Newman, of the Yale School of Management, she has studied the economic structures that affect valuations of cultural heritage. She conducted fieldwork on this topic in Peru in 2011, 2013, and 2014, focusing on quantifying local survey-based data to evaluate the presence of illicit trafficking networks for cultural property.