Benvenuto, Jeff

Area of Study: 
genocide studies; Indigenous peoples; human rights; settler colonialism; immigration
Proposed Dissertation Topic: 


Jeff Benvenuto is working on a dissertation entitled "The Management of Difference: International Norm Change, Political Co-Optation, and Indigenous Rights Discourse." Using the 2007 United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as a point of departure, this dissertation provides an intellectual history of "cultural genocide" and "ethnocide," two concepts which denote the destruction of culture. Additionally, this work traces the rise and fall of assimilation as a mode of managing cultural differences within the nation-state framework. More generally, Jeff also researches and publishes on colonial genocides.

Research Activities

  1. Jeff Benvenuto. “Historical and Ecological Injustices in Canada Through the Lens of Genocide: The United Church’s Acts of Contrition and the Project to Decolonize North America.” In Violence, Religion, Peacemaking: Contributions of Interreligious Dialogue, eds. Douglas Irvin-Erickson and Peter C. Phan. Pp. 119-136. New York: Palgrave, 2016.
  2. Andrew Woolford and Jeff Benvenuto. “Canada and Colonial Genocide.” Journal of Genocide Research 17, no. 4 (2015): 373-390.3.
  3. Jeff Benvenuto. “What does Genocide Produce? The Semantic Field of Genocide, Cultural Genocide, and Ethnocide in Indigenous Rights Discourse.” Genocide Studies and Prevention 9, no. 2 (2015): 26-40.4.
  4. Andrew Woolford, Jeff Benvenuto, and Alexander Laban Hinton, eds. Colonial Genocide in Indigenous North America. Durham: Duke University Press, 2014.
  5. Jeff Benvenuto. “Revisiting Choctaw Ethnocide and Ethnogenesis: The Creative Destruction of Colonial Genocide.” In Colonial Genocide in Indigenous North America, eds. Andrew Woolford, Jeff Benvenuto, and Alexander Laban Hinton, 208-225. Durham: Duke University Press, 2014

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