Conflict and Human Rights

The balance between the state's monopoly on the use of violence and the obligations that it owes to individuals both inside and outside its borders has been a perennial subject of inquiry in the social sciences.  The concentration on Conflict and Human Rights engages with this line of inquiry and examines the changing nature of state power and human autonomy in the context of globalization.  Courses focus on the legal and ethical debates and dimensions of contemporary warfare, humanitarian crises--including genocide and ethnic cleansing, environmental and economic insecurity-- and the responses by states, international organizations, and other institutions that form the core of global governance.

Core Faculty

Faculty Publications

  • Susan Carruthers
    • Susan Carruthers, “Produce More Joppolos”: John Hersey’s A Bell for Adano and the Making of the “Good Occupation.” Journal of American History Vol. 100, no. 4 (2014).
    • Susan Carruthers, “Simon J. Potter. Broadcasting Empire: The BBC and the British World, 1922–1970.” The American Historical Review Vol. 119, no. 2 (2014).
    • Susan Carruthers, “Emperor.” Journal of American History Vol. 100, no. 1 (2013).
    • Susan Carruthers, “The Untold History of the United States.” Journal of American History Vol. 100, no. 3 (2013): 924-929.
  • Jean-Marc Coicaud
  • Brian R. Ferguson
    • Brian R. Ferguson, “The Prehistory of War and Peace in Europe and the Near East,” in War, Peace, and Human Nature: The Convergence of Evolutionary and Cultural Views, ed. Douglas P. Fry (Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2013): 191-241.
    • Brian R. Ferguson, “Neil Lancelot Whitehead (1956–2012).” American Anthropologist Vol. 115 No. 1 (2013): 153-156.
    • Brian R. Ferguson, Brian, ed. State, Identity, and Violence (London and New York: Routledge, 2012).
  • Alexander Hinton
    • Devon E. Hinton and Alex Laban Hinton (eds)Genocide and Mass Violence: Memory, Symptom, and Recovery (Cambridge University Press, 2015).
    • Andrew Woolford, Jeff Benveunto and Alexander Laban Hinton (eds), Colonial Genocide in Indigenous North America, (Duke University Press, 2014).
    • Alexander Hinton, “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).
    • Alexander Hinton, “Genocide and the Politics of Memory in Cambodia”  inHidden Genocides: Power, Knowledge, Memory, eds. Alexander Hinton, Thomas La Pointe, and Douglas Irvin-Erickson (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2013).
    • Alexander Hinton, “Critical Genocide Studies.” Genocide Studies and Prevention Vol. 7, No. 1 (2012): 4-15.
  • Kurt Schock
    • Kurt Schok, “Nonviolence/Nonviolent Action,” in Encyclopedia of Social and Political Movements, eds. David A. Snow, Donatella Della Porta, Bert Klandermans, and Doug McAdam (London: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013).
    • Kurt Schok, “The Practice and Study of Civil Resistance.” The Journal of Peace Research Vol. 50 (2013).
    • Kurt Schok, “Anti-Colonial Movements,” in Encyclopedia of Social and Political Movements, eds. D. A. Snow, D. Della Porta, B. Klandermans, & D. McAdam (London: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012).
    • Kurt Schok, “Land Struggles in the Global South: Strategic Innovations in Brazil and India,” in Strategies for Social Change, eds. G. M. Maney, R. V. Kutz-Flamenbaum, D. R. Rohlinger, and J. Goodwin (Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 2012).
  • Carlos Seiglie
  • Jun Xiang
    • Polachek, Solomon and Jun Xiang. “Relevance as a Latent Variable in Dyadic Analysis of Conflict.” The Journal of Politics Vol. 72 No. 2 (2010).
    • Polachek, Solomon and Jun Xiang. “How Opportunity Costs Decrease the Probability of War in an Incomplete Information Game.” International Organization Vol 64 No. 1 (2010).
    • Polachek, Solomon, Carlos Seiglie, and Jun Xiang. “The Impact of Foreign Direct Investment on International Conflict.” Defense and Peace Economics Vol. 18 No. 5 (2007).

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