Ernesto Verdeja holds a joint appointment in the Department of Political Science and the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. He is the author of Unchopping a Tree: Reconciliation in the Aftermath of Political Violence (Temple University Press, 2009). His work has been published in many journals, and Verdeja is also coeditor of volumes on peacebuilding and social movements, the field of genocide studies, and the international politics of genocide. He is currently working on a book project on comparative genocide. Verdeja also co-directs a project mapping state security force structures around the world.

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.



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

Journal Articles

"Political Reconciliation in Postsettler Societies," International Political Science Review 37, 4 (2016)
"Predicting Genocide and Mass Atrocities," Genocide Studies and Prevention 9, 3 (2015)
“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)
Verdeja, Ernesto. “Official Apologies in the Aftermath of Political Violence” Metaphilosophy 41, 4 (2010)
“Genocide: Clarifying Concepts and Causes of Cruelty,” Review of Politics 72 (2010)
“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)
“Reparations in Democratic Transitions,” Res Publica: A Journal of Legal and Social Philosophy 12, 2 (2006)
“A Normative Theory of Reparations in Transitional Democracies,” Metaphilosophy 37, 3/4 (2006)
“Derrida and the Impossibility of Forgiveness,” Contemporary Political Theory 3, 1 (2004)
“On Genocide: Five Contributing Factors,” Contemporary Politics 8, 1 (2002)

Book Chapters

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

Executive Director, Institute for the Study of Genocide (2016– )


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