Hinton, Alexander

Alex Hinton is Executive Director of the Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights and Professor of Anthropology and Global Affairs and at Rutgers University, Newark. He was also the 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 six edited or co-edited collections, 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 several other book projects, including a co-edited volume on the legacies of genocide and mass violence, a book on 9/11 and Abu Ghraib, and a book on the politics of memory and justice in the aftermath of the Cambodian genocide. He serves as an Academic Advisor to the Documentation Center of Cambodia, on the International Advisory Boards of the Journal of Genocide Research and Genocide Studies and Prevention, as co-editor of the CGHR-Rutgers University Press book series, "Genocide, Political Violence, Human Rights."

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, was published by Duke University Press in November 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 Prevention, Journal 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. During the 2011-2012 academic year, Professor Hinton was a Member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. Professor Hinton served as an expert witness at the Khmer Rouge Tribunal in 2016. He has lectured across the globe about genocide, atrocity crimes, justice, and the aftermaths of mass violence.

Curriculum Vitae and List of Publications

PUBLICATIONS

Book: Hinton, Alexander Laban. Man or Monster?: The Trial of a Khmer Rouge Torturer. Durham: Duke UP, 2016.
Book: Devon E. Hinton and Alex Laban Hinton (eds)Genocide and Mass Violence: Memory, Symptom, and Recovery (Cambridge University Press, 2015).
Book: Hinton, Devon E. Genocide and Mass Violence: Memory, Symptom, and Recovery. New York: Cambridge UP, 2015.
Book: Woolford, Andrew, Jeff Benvenuto, and Alexander Laban. Hinton. Colonial Genocide in Indigenous North America. Durham: Duke UP, 2014.
Book: Andrew Woolford, Jeff Benveunto and Alexander Laban Hinton (eds), Colonial Genocide in Indigenous North America, (Duke University Press, 2014).
Book: Hinton, Alexander L. Hidden Genocides: Power, Knowledge, Memory. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers UP, 2014
Chapter in edited volume: “The Paradox of Perpetration: A View from the Cambodian Genocide,” in Human Rights at the Crossroads, ed. Mark Goodale (London and New York: Oxford University Press, 2013).
Chapter in edited volume: “Genocide and the Politics of Memory in Cambodia”  in Hidden Genocides: Power, Knowledge, Memory, eds. Alexander Hinton, Thomas La Pointe, and Douglas Irvin-Erickson (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2013).
Chapter in edited volume: "Transitional Justice Time: Uncle San, Aunty Yan, and Outreach at the Khmer Rouge Tribunal" in Genocide and Mass Atrocities in Asia: Legacies and Prevention, eds. Deborah Mayersen and Annie Pohlman. p. 86-98. (New York: Routledge, 2013).
Chapter in edited volume: "Songs at the Edge of Democratic Kampuchea," in At the Edge of the Forest: Essays on Cambodia, Narrative and History Honoring David Chandler, eds. Anne Hansen and Judy Ledgerwood. Pp. 71-91. (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Southeast Asian Program Press, 2008)
Article: Justice and Time at the Khmer Rouge Tribunal: In Memory of Vann Nath, Painter and S-21 Survivor. Genocide Studies and Prevention 8(2) (2014): 7-17.
Article: Critical Genocide Studies. Genocide Studies and Prevention 7(1) (2012): 4-15.
Article: Genocide and Effacement: A Conference on Cambodia, a Painting, and Ways of Knowing. Logos: A Journal of Modern Society & Culture 11(1): Winter 2012.
Article:  "Khmerness and the Thai Other: Violence, Discourse, and Symbolism in the 2003 Anti-Thai Riot in Cambodia." Journal of Southeast Asian Studies 37 (3) (2006): 445-68.

Faculty Type: 
Department: 
Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights
Languages: 
English
Regions: 
Cambodia, Southeast Asia
Title: 
Professor of Anthropology and Global Affairs, Executive Director of the Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights
Education: 
Ph.D., Emory University
Phone: 
(973) 353-5345
Office Location: 
Hill Hall, Room 627
Areas of Specialization: 
Genocide, Political Violence and Transitional Justice

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