Scholar of Genocide and Social Movements Edits Three New Books

Author: Joan Fallon

Ernesto Verdeja, assistant professor of political science and peace studies, has co-edited three new books that strengthen understanding of genocide and violent conflict. 

Genocide Matters (co-edited with Joyce Apsel) provides an interdisciplinary overview of recent scholarship in the field of genocide studies, examining current research and critical analyses of military humanitarian interventions and post-violence justice and reconciliation. The book brings together  “… a range of important authors and themes, including the perspectives of the next generation of genocide scholars,” writes Daniel Feierstein, Director of the Center for the Study of Genocide at Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero in Argentina. “This is an important volume to understanding the field. An indispensable book."  

Globalization, Social Movements, and Peacebuilding (co-edited with Jackie Smith) considers how global capitalism affects peace processes. The volume “…puts forward the important argument that peacebuilding is not just about what happens at local war-torn levels; it is global policies that matter,” writes Mary Kaldor, professor of global governance at the London School of Economics and Political Science.  

Responding to Genocide (co-edited with Adam Lupel) a project of the International Peace Institute, explores the causes of genocide and mass atrocities, examining the challenges of creating effective international policies that mitigate genocidal violence. The book “ … makes an important contribution to our understanding of what needs to be done to rid the world of genocidal violence and the policy practicalities of doing it,” writes Alex Bellamy, Professor of International Security at Griffiths University in Australia.  

Ernesto Verdeja earned his Ph.D. in political science (political theory) from the New School for Social Research in New York City. His research has focused on large-scale political violence, transitional justice, forgiveness and reconciliation, and trials, truth commissions, apologies, and reparations. He is the author of Unchopping a Tree: Reconciliation in the Aftermath of Political Violence (Temple University Press).  

Contact: Ernesto Verdeja,, (574) 631-8533