Alexander Hinton

Director, CGHR
Professor of Anthropology and Global Affairs
UNESCO Chair in Genocide Prevention

Alex Hinton
Alexander Hinton is Director of the Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights and Professor of Anthropology and Global Affairs at Rutgers University, Newark. He is also the immediate past President of the International Association of Genocide Scholars (2011-13) and holds the UNESCO Chair in Genocide Prevention.

He is the author of the award-winning Why Did They Kill? Cambodia in the Shadow of Genocide (California, 2005) and nine edited or co-edited collections, Colonial Genocide in Indigenous North America (Duke, forthcoming in 2015), Mass Violence: Memory, Symptom, and Response  (Cambridge, forthcoming in 2015),  Hidden Genocide: Power, Knowledge, Memory (Rutgers, 2014), Transitional Justice: Global Mechanisms and Local Realities after Genocide and Mass Violence (Rutgers, 2010), Genocide: Truth, Memory, and Representation (Duke, 2009), Night of the Khmer Rouge: Genocide and Democracy in Cambodia (Paul Robeson Gallery, 2007), Annihilating Difference: The Anthropology of Genocide (California, 2002), Genocide: An Anthropological Reader (Blackwell, 2002), and Biocultural Approaches to the Emotions (Cambridge, 1999).

He is currently working on two book projects related to the Khmer Rouge tribunal, the first of which Man or Monster? The Trial of a Khmer Rouge Torturer, is forthcoming with Duke University Press in 2016. He serves as an Academic Advisor to the Documentation Center of Cambodia, on the International Advisory Boards of journals such as the Genocide Studies and PreventionJournal of Genocide Research, and Journal of Perpretrator Research, and as co-editor of the CGHR-Rutgers University Press book series, "Genocide, Political Violence, Human Rights." He is also a co-organizer of the international Rethinking Peace Studies (2014-16) initiative. 

In 2009, Alex Hinton received the Robert B. Textor and Family Prize for Excellence in Anticipatory Anthropology "for his groundbreaking 2005 ethnography Why Did They Kill? Cambodia in the Shadow of Genocide, for path-breaking work in the anthropology of genocide, and for developing a distinctively anthropological approach to genocide." Professor Hinton was a Member (2011-12) and Visitor (2012-13) at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. He has lectured about genocide, violence, justice, and the aftermaths of genocide throughout the globe. 

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Colonial Genocide in Indigenous North America
co-edited with Andrew Woolford and Jeff Benvenuto
 Duke (2014)
Genocide and Mass Violence
co-edited with Devon E. Hinton
Cambridge (2015)

Hidden Genocides: Power, Knowledge, Memory
 Rutgers (2014)

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Why Did They Kill?
California (2005)
Awarded 2008 Stirling Prize

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Transitional Justice: Global Mechanisms
and Local Realities after Genocide
and Mass Violence

 Rutgers (2010)

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Genocide: Truth, Memory,

Duke (2009)

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Annihilating Difference
California (2002)

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Genocide: An Anthropological Reader
Blackwell (2002)

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Night of the Khmer Rouge 
Paul Robeson Gallery (2007)

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