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Alexander Hinton

Distinguished Professor of Anthropology; Director, Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights, Rutgers University - Newark

Alexander Hinton is Director of the Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights and Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at Rutgers University Newark. He is also a past President of the International Association of Genocide Scholars (2011-13) and holds the UNESCO Chair on Genocide Prevention. He is the author of the award-winning Why Did They Kill? Cambodia in the Shadow of Genocide (California, 2005) and nine edited or co-edited collections on genocide and mass violence 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 It Can Happen Here: White Power and the Rising Threat of Genocide in the US (NYU, 2021).

Research interests: Sociocultural and psychological anthropology; genocide and political violence; extremism; transitional justice; US and Southeast Asia (with a focus on Cambodia); culture and mind; globalization and modernity; self and emotion; anthropology and critical theory.


  • –present
    Professor of Anthropology , Rutgers University