Nicole Rafter (Nicky), an internationally-known and much-honored writer and scholar in the fields of social history and criminology, the author of more than a dozen books (most recently The Crime of All Crimes, Toward a Criminology of Genocide), and a long-time professor at Northeastern University, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly, on February 29, 2016, at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston. The cause of death was septic shock.
Nicky was 76 years old and lived in Boston’s North End, where she was active in community affairs. She is survived by her husband Robert Hahn, her son Alex Hahn, her daughter Sarah Hahn, and her daughter-law Sunali Goonesekera. Interment is private. A memorial service is being planned for April and will be held at Northeastern University.
In lieu of flowers, donations in the memory of Nicole Rafter may be made to Human Rights Watch at www.hrw.org.