Alex Hinton

Alex Hinton

Email

ahinton [at] rutgers.edu

Phone

973-353-5345

Office Location

Hill Hall 627



Alexander Hinton is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, Director of the Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights, and UNESCO Chair on Genocide Prevention at Rutgers University. He is the author of over a dozen books including the award-winning Why did they Kill? Cambodia in the Shadow of Genocide(California, 2005). His most recent books are Man or Monster? The Trial of a Khmer Rouge Torturer (Duke, 2016), The Justice Facade: Trials of Transition in Cambodia (Oxford, 2018), and ExternalIt Can Happen Here: White Power and the Rising Threat of Genocide in the US (NYU, forthcoming in 2021).






Courses Taught

Genocide

Hate

Human Rights

Atrocity Crimes Prevention



Research Initiatives

Alexander Hinton is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Global Affairs, Director of the Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights, and UNESCO Chair on Genocide Prevention at Rutgers University, Newark. He is the author of the award-winning Why Did They Kill? Cambodia in the Shadow of Genocide (California, 2005) and eleven edited or co-edited collections, Oxford Handbook of Transitional Justice (Oxford University Press, forthcoming in 2021), Rethinking Peace (Rowman & Littlefield, 2019), Colonial Genocide in Indigenous North America (Duke, 2015), Mass Violence: Memory, Symptom, and Response  (Cambridge, 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).

           
Hinton's most recent book is It Can Happen Here: White Power and the Rising Threat of Genocide in the US (NYU, forthcoming in 2021). In addition, he recently completed two book projects related to the Khmer Rouge tribunal. The first, Man or Monster? The Trial of a Khmer Rouge Torturer, was published by Duke University Press in 2016 and was a Finalist for the 2017 Raphael Lemkin Award; the second, The Justice Facade: Trials of Transition in Cambodia, came out with Oxford University Press in the Spring of 2018. He is also a co-organizer of the
"Global Consortium on Bigotry and Hate" (2019-2025), the international “Rethinking Peace Studies” (2014-16), “Critical Transitional Justice” (2017-2019), and “Rethinking Prevention” (2016-2019) projects. He serves as an Academic Advisor to the Documentation Center of Cambodia, on the International Advisory Boards of a number of academic journals, as Vice-President of the Institute for the Study of Genocide, and as the editor of the Rutgers University Press Series “Genocide, Political Violence, Human Rights.”

In 2009, the American Anthropological Association selected Hinton as the recipient of 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.” He was listed as one of Fifty Key Thinkers on the Holocaust and Genocide (Routledge, 2011) and is a past President of the International Association of Genocide Scholars (2011-13). From 2011-13, Professor Hinton was a Member/Visitor of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton from 2011-13. In March 2016, Professor Hinton served as an expert witness at the Khmer Rouge Tribunal in Cambodia. He has been invited around the globe to speak about genocide, human rights, and mass violence.

Education

 Ph.D. Anthropology, Emory University, 1997.

Publications

​Books


2021     It Can Happen Here: White Power and the Rising Threat of Genocide in the US. New York: NYU Press.

2019      Rethinking Peace: Discourse, Memory, Translation, and Dialogue. New York: Rowman & Littlefield (Giorgio Shani and Jeremiah Alberg, co-editors).

2018       The Justice Facade: Trials of Transition in Cambodia. Oxford: Oxford University Press

2016      Man or Monster? The Trial of a Khmer Rouge Torturer. Durham: Duke University Press. 

2015      Genocide and Mass Violence: Memory, Symptom, Recovery. Cambridge University Press (Devon Hinton, co-editor).

2014      Colonial Genocide in Indigneous North America. Duke University Press (Andrew Woolford and Jeff Benvenuto, co-editors).

2014       Hidden Genocides: Power, Knowledge, Memory. Rutgers University Press. (Thomas LaPointe and Douglas Irvin, co-editors). 

2010       Transitional Justice: Global Mechanisms and Local Realities after Genocide and Mass Violence. Rutgers University Press.

2009       Genocide: Truth, Memory, and Representation (Kevin O'Neill, co-editor). Duke University Press.

2005       Why Did They Kill?: Cambodia in the Shadow of Genocide, University of California Press, 2005. [2008 Stirling Award for Best Published Work in Psychological Anthropology, Society for Psychological Anthropology]

2002       Annihilating Difference: The Anthropology of Genocide, University of California Press.

2002       Genocide: An Anthropological Reader, Blackwell.

1999       Biocultural Approaches to the Emotions, Cambridge University Press.
 

Special Journal Issue

2019      (co-edited) Critical Genocide and Atrocity Prevention Studies.  Genocide Studies and Prevention. Issue 13, Vol 3.

Select Recent Articles, Chapters, and Essays

2020      5 Reasons Not to Underestimate Far-Right Extremists. The Conversation, October 28.

2020     Trump’s Helter Skelter. Project Syndicate, October 9.

2020     What White Power Supporters Hear Trump Saying. Sapiens, October 6.

2020      Ellipsis: The Authoritative Guide to the Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocidal Crimes. Verges: Studies in Global Asias 6(1): 78-85. 

2020      Critical Perpetrator StudiesIn The Routledge International Handbook of Perpetrator Studies. Susanne Knittel and Zachary Goldberg, eds.  Pp. xiv-xix. New York: Routledge.

2019      The First Lesson in Genocide Prevention. Genocide Studies and Prevention 3(3): 128-144.

2019      (co-authored) Critical Genocide and Atrocity Prevention Studies. Genocide Studies and Prevention 3(3): 1-8.

2019      Look Again – Aleppo: The Last Lesson on PreventionIn Rethinking Peace: Discourse, Memory, Translation, and Dialogue. Alexander Laban,         Hinton, Giorgio Shani, and Jeremiah Alberg, eds. Pp. 221-238. New York: Rowman & Littlefield.

2019      Anthropology, Critique, and Justice in Translation. Genocide Studies and Prevention 13(3): 173-75.

2019      (co-authored) Introduction: Rethinking Peace StudiesIn Rethinking Peace: Discourse, Memory, Translation, and Dialogue. Alexander Laban    Hinton, Giorgio Shani, and Jeremiah Alberg, eds. Pp. xiii-xxxii. New York: Rowman & Littlefield. 

2018      (co-authored) Impassable Visions: The Cambodia to Come, the Detritus     in its Wake. In A Companion to the Anthropology of Death. Antonius C. G. M. Robben, ed. Pp. 223-35. Malden, MA: Wiley Blackwell. 

2018      Postscript -- Man or Monster? Journal of Genocide Research 20(1):  181-92.

2017      Wonder Woman, the Gutter, and Critical Genocide StudiesIn Memory and Genocide: On What Remains and the Possibility of Representation. Fazil Moradi, Ralph Buchenhors, and Maria Six-Hohenbalken, eds., Pp. 165-174. New York: Routledge. 

2014      Justice, Time, and the Khmer Rouge Tribunal: In Memory of Vann Nath, Painter and S-21 Survivor. Genocide Studies and Prevention. 8(2): 5-15.
[hyperlink: https://scholarcommons.usf.edu/gsp/vol8/iss2/5/]

2012      ViolenceIn The Companion to Moral Anthropology. Didier Fassin, ed.  Pp. 500-518. Malden, MA: Blackwell. 

2012      Critical Genocide Studies. Genocide Studies and Prevention 7(1): 4-15.
[hyperlink: https://scholarcommons.usf.edu/gsp/vol7/iss1/3/] 

2012      (co-editor) Genocide. In Oxford Bibliographies Online. Ed. John L. Jackson, Jr. New York: Oxford University Press.

Associated Programs

Director, Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights
Department of Anthropology, Rutgers New Brunswick
Division of Global Affairs