Genocide Studies International

Genocide Studies International

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The International Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (A Division of the Zoryan Institute) and the University of Toronto Press are pleased to announce the launch of a new journal, Genocide Studies International. The journal is led by a talented and experienced team of editors - Maureen Hiebert, Herbert Hirsch, Roger W. Smith, and Henry Theriault.

In keeping with the objectives of the International Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies to raise awareness by being a bridge between academia and civil society, as well as policy-makers, Genocide Studies International (GSI) is a journal devoted to innovative research, analysis and information. GSI is a forum for the academic study and understanding of the phenomena of genocide and the gross violation of human rights and various approaches to preventing them. It strives to raise awareness of the necessity of genocide prevention and the promotion of universal human rights. It serves as a critical voice for analyzing governmental and supra-governmental efforts in the prevention of genocide. This peer-reviewed journal is interdisciplinary and comparative in nature. It welcomes submissions on individual case studies, thematic approaches, and policy analyses that relate to the history, causes, impact, aftermath, and all other aspects of genocide.”

Genocide Studies International, the official journal of the International Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies, is available in print and online.

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Genocide Studies and Prevention
online volumes 1-7 is available at and a limited number of print copies of volumes 1-7 are for sale under the tab “theme issues and related materials”.

ISSN: 2291-1847
E-ISSN: 2291-1855
Dr. Herbert Hirsch
Herbert Hirsch is Professor of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, where he teaches courses on American politics; political psychology; and the politics of war, violence and genocide. He is the author of several books and numerous articles and book reviews, including Genocide and the Politics of Memory (1995), and Anti-Genocide: Building an American Movement to Prevent Genocide (2002).

Roger W. Smith
is Professor Emeritus of Government at the College of William and Mary in Virginia, where he has taught political theory and the comparative study of genocide. Prof. Smith has written extensively on the nature, language, history and denial of genocide. In addition to numerous articles, he is the editor and co-author of Guilt: Man and Society, and editor of Genocide: Essays Toward Understanding, Early-Warning, and Prevention.

Dr. Henry Theriault
Dr. Theriault is Professor and Chair of Philosophy at Worcester State University, where from 1999 to 2007 he served as Coordinator of the Center for the Study of Human Rights.  His research focuses on genocide denial, genocide prevention, post-genocide perpetrator-victim relations and reparations, and mass violence against women.  

Dr. Maureen Hiebert
Maureen S. Hiebert is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies at the University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She currently teaches courses in genocide, comparative politics, law and politics, humanitarian law, and socio-legal studies at the University of Calgary and has  been a faculty member at the Genocide and Human Rights University Program teaching units in comparative genocide theory and the Cambodian genocide since 2006.

Dr. Hazel Cameron
Dr. Cameron is a Lecturer in the School of International Relations, University of St Andrews, where from 2012 to 2015 she served as Director for the Centre of Peace and Conflict Studies. She currently teaches genocide studies to both undergraduate students and postgraduate students of the M.Litt Peace and Conflict Studies. Her research focuses on global elite bystanders to genocide and mass violence, with a particular regional focus on sub-Saharan Africa.

Editorial Advisory Board

Taner Akçam
Department of History, Clark University, USA

Alex Alvarez
Criminology and Criminal Justice, Northern Arizona University, USA

Doris Bergen
Department of History, University of Toronto, Canada

Israel Charny
Executive Director, Institute on the Holocaust & Genocide, Jerusalem, Israel

Gerry Caplan
Independent Scholar, Canada

Vahakn Dadrian
Director of Genocide Research, Zoryan Institute, USA

Khatchik Der Ghougassian
International Relations, Universidad de San Andrés, Argentina

Craig Etcheson
Visiting Scholar at Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Northern Illinois University, USA

Helen Fein
International Security Program, Belfer Centre for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University, USA

Elisa von Joeden Forgey
Department of History, University of Pennsylvania, USA

Sévane Garibian
Faculty of Law, University of Geneva and University of Neuchâtel , Switzerland

David Gaunt
Department of History, Södertörn University, Sweden

Amanda Grzyb
Faculty of Media & Information Studies, University of Western Ontario, Canada

Marko Attila Hoare
School Of Economics, History And Politics, Kingston University, London, UK

David Kilgour
Former Member of Parliament, Canada

Diana Lenton
Department of Anthropology, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Universidad de Santiago del Estero and Cordoba, Researcher at CONICET, Argentina

Armen Marsoobian
Department of Philosophy, Southern Connecticut State University, USA

Robert Melson
Emeritus, Department of Political Science and Jewish Studies Program, Purdue University, USA

Martin Mennecke
Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

William W. Newmann
Department of Political Science, Virginia Commonwealth University, USA

Nicholas Robins
Department of History, North Carolina State University, USA

Victoria Sanford
Department of Anthropology, Lehman College, USA

David Scheffer
Mayer Brown/Robert A. Helman Professor of Law; Director, Centre for International Human Rights, Northwestern University School of Law, USA

Robert Skloot
Emeritus, Theatre and Drama; and Jewish Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

Alette Smeulers
Department of Criminal Law, Tilburg Law School, Netherlands

Colin Tatz
School of Politics & International Relations, Australian National University, Australia

 Rebecca Tinsley
Journalist and Founder of Waging Peace, UK

 Hannibal Travis
Florida International University College of Law, USA

 Ugur Üngör
Department of History, Universiteit Utrecht, Netherlands

 John H. Weiss
Department of History, Cornell University, USA

Click here for the Submission Guidelines

Questions may be directed to the GSI Editors at the address below. Genocide Studies International reviews only complete manuscripts. The editors are not able to offer advisory opinions based on an inquiry, or make a decision based the description of an article or an abstract.

Editorial Office
C/O Professor Herb Hirsch
L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs
Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, VA, USA, 23284

To inquire about submitting books for review, or becoming a reviewer for the journal, please contact:

Book Review Editor
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Call for Papers - Genocide Studies International

The editors of the new print journal Genocide Studies International are issuing a call for papers. The next special issue will be on “The Political Economy of Genocide.” This subject has barely been touched in the literature. Issues that authors of single or comparative case studies, as well as more general theoretical analyses, may wish to address include the following:
• How does one define political economy—all the way from rational choice theory to Marxist critiques of capitalism? Does one use a narrow, political science conceptualization or branch out into critical theory?
• What issues does one address to illustrate the topic and what parts of the world does one examine?
• How does one treat the influence of multinational corporations? There is a dark history here that goes back to the Armenian Genocide and the Holocaust. For example, as documented in Charles Higham, Trading with the Enemy: The Nazi-American Money Plot, 1933-1949, US corporations, National City Bank, Chase, Exxon, Ford, GM, ITT, etc., supported the Nazis in various ways, even through the war. What about corporate roles in South Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, and even the Americas?
• The relationship between external debt and the destruction of indigenous people.
• The impact of land use and moving indigenous people from the land, such as in the Amazon.
• The transfer of wealth from the victim group to the perpetrators, and the long term impact of that.
• Global climate change and scarcity.

Submissions for this special issue should be addressed to Herb Hirsch at Deadline for receipt of manuscripts is: October, 2015.

The journal is peer reviewed, comparative in nature, and includes articles and reviews, as well as regular features to engage and immerse readers in current news and activities in the field of genocide and human rights studies.

Anyone interested in submitting books for review, suggesting titles, or in writing academic reviews, should contact the Book Review Editor, Sam Totten, at

All other submissions and editorial inquiries should be addressed to

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