Christina Barba (2017)

Christina is an attorney who spent the majority of her career as an Assistant District Attorney prosecuting public corruption at the Bronx DA’s Office.  She is currently a Hearing Officer for the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings where she adjudicates administrative law matters as an impartial judge and issues written decisions post-hearing.  

As a granddaughter of an Armenian Genocide survivor, Christina hopes to contribute to the collective memory of the Genocide by taking oral histories of the survivor’s children, the second-generation who grew up in the shadow of the Genocide and have passed the memory and its effects on to their own children. She will explore postmemory and the transmission of trauma: how the second generation’s identities and emotions were affected at different stages of their lives. Did some ignore their history because it was too difficult to face? Do they experience feelings of anger or hatred? Do they wish for revenge or reconciliation? To what degree has it affected their benevolent instincts and involvement with current humanitarian issues? And critically, how has the public denial of the Armenian Genocide by Turkey and other states influenced these personal and individual responses?

As a history major during her undergraduate study at Princeton University, she valued the study of the past with an eye towards the future. As a cohort, she anticipates exploring both the divergence and convergence of the fields of oral history and history.      

Having spent ten years conducting direct and cross-examinations where by necessity she had a goal in mind that determined her line of questioning, Christina hopes to facilitate a less determined outcome in taking oral histories, whereby the subject’s oral history is meaningful in and of itself and also as part of a larger narrative and collective memory.

Christina resides in Manhattan with her son, daughter, and husband.