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Ignazio Edward Genna


Eddie Genna is a professor of philosophy and political science at Phoenix College and a past president of the Maricopa Community Colleges Faculty Association.  He has played a central role in introducing interest-based negotiation to the Maricopa Community Colleges’ meet-and-confer processes, mediation services, and leadership training programs, and is currently reassigned to the Office of the Chancellor to work on district-wide initiatives focusing on employee and civic engagement. 

Eddie also serves as an Adjunct Instructor in Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations Outreach Division.  He has trained various higher education institutions in interest-based negotiation and problem solving and regularly facilitates using this process.  He consults with clients about implementing interest-based conflict resolution systems, especially as they relate to the higher education practice of shared governance.

Eddie earned his law degree from the U.C. Berkeley School of Law, where he served as Editor in Chief of the Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law and an Executive Editor of the California Law Review.  He studied political and legal philosophy at the CUNY Graduate Center (M.A.) and both political science and philosophy at Arizona State University’s Honors College (B.S./B.A.).  His ongoing doctoral studies in political science at ASU focus on the relationship between democratic theory and the process of negotiation.  

Prior to his career in teaching, Eddie worked as a Berkeley Law Foundation Fellow at Community Legal Services in Phoenix advocating for the employment rights of low-wage workers.