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Ernesto VerdejaErnesto Verdeja

Associate Professor of Political Science and Peace Studies
(PhD, New School for Social Research)
316 Hesburgh Center (574) 631-8533

Thematic interests: Theories of post-conflict reconciliation, justice and forgiveness; official apologies and reparations; comparative genocide; contemporary political theory.

Current research: causes and patterns of contemporary genocide, mass atrocity early warning and risk assessment.

Selected publications:

  • "Political Reconciliation in Postsettler Societies," International Political Science Review (2016)

  • "Predicting Genocide and Mass Atrocities," Genocide Studies and Prevention (2016)

  • Genocide Matters: Ongoing Issues and Emerging Perspectives, coedited with Joyce Apsel (Routledge, 2013).

  • Globalization, Social Movements, and Peacebuilding, coedited with Jackie Smith (Syracuse University Press, 2013), in the series Syracuse Studies on Peace and Conflict Resolution, ed., Robert A. Rubinstein.

  •  Responding to Genocide: The Politics of International Action, coedited with Adam Lupel (Lynne Rienner, 2013).

  • “On Situating the Study of Genocide within Political Violence,” Genocide Studies and Prevention 7, 1 (2012)

  • “The Political Science of Genocide: Outlines of an Emerging Research Agenda,” Perspectives on Politics 10, 2 (2012)

  • “The Elements of Political Reconciliation,” in Alexander Hirsch, ed., Theorizing Post- Conflict Reconciliation (Routledge, 2011)

  • “Moral Bystanders and Mass Violence,” in Adam Jones, ed., New Directions in Genocide Research (Routledge, 2011)

  • Unchopping A Tree: Reconciliation in the Aftermath of Political Violence (Temple University Press, 2009)

  • “Genocide: Clarifying Concepts and Causes of Cruelty,” Review of Politics 72 (2010); “Official Apologies in the Aftermath of Political Violence” Metaphilosophy 41, 4 (2010)

  • “Repair and Justice in Latin America” in Marcia Esparza, Henry Huttenbach, and Daniel Feierstein, eds., State Violence and Genocide in Latin America: The Cold War Years (Routledge, 2009)

  • “Adorno’s Mimesis and its Limitations for Critical Social Thought,” European Journal of Political Theory 8, 4 (2009)

  • “A Critical Theory of Reparative Justice,” Constellations 15, 2 (2008)

  • “A Normative Theory of Reparations in Transitional Democracies,” Metaphilosophy 37, 3/4 (2006), reprinted in Claudia Card and Armen Marsoobian, eds., Genocide’s Aftermath: Responsibility and Repair (Blackwell, 2007)

  • “Reparations in Democratic Transitions,” Res Publica: A Journal of Legal and Social Philosophy 12, 2 (2006)

  • “Derrida and the Impossibility of Forgiveness,” Contemporary Political Theory 3, 1 (2004)

  • “Institutional Responses to Genocide and Mass Atrocity” in Adam Jones, ed., Genocide, War Crimes and the West (Zed Books, 2004)

  • “On Genocide: Five Contributing Factors,” Contemporary Politics 8, 1 (2002)




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