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).

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."

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.

Curriculum Vitae and List of Publications


  • Book: Devon E. Hinton and Alex Laban Hinton (eds)Genocide and Mass Violence: Memory, Symptom, and Recovery (Cambridge University Press, 2015).
  • Book: Andrew Woolford, Jeff Benveunto and Alexander Laban Hinton (eds), Colonial Genocide in Indigenous North America, (Duke University Press, 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).
  • Article: “Critical Genocide Studies.” Genocide Studies and Prevention Vol. 7, No. 1 (2012): 4-15.
Faculty Type: 
Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights
Cambodia, Southeast Asia
Professor of Anthropology and Global Affairs, Executive Director of the Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights
Ph.D., Emory University
(973) 353-5345
Office Location: 
Hill Hall, Room 627
Areas of Specialization: 
Genocide, Political Violence and Transitional Justice

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