Ernesto Verdeja

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Ernesto Verdeja is an Associate Professor of Political Sciences and Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame (USA). He is the Chief Director of the Institute for Genocide Studies, a non-profit organization established in 1982 to promote research and political analysis on the causes and prevention of genocide and political violence. His research focuses on the causes of that violence on a large scale (genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity), transitional justice, political reconciliation, war crimes trials, truth commissions, and indemnification. Verdeja is the author of Unchopping a Tree: Reconciliation in the Aftermath of Political Violence y coeditor de Globalization, Social Movements, and Peacebuilding, Responding to Genocide: The Politics of International Action and Genocide Matters: Ongoing Issues and Emerging PerspectivesIn Notre Dame, is a member of the Institute Nanovic of European Studies, of the Institute Kellogg for International Studies and the Center for the Study of Social Movements, and partner of the Centre for Civil and Human Rights of the Faculty of Law. He was the president, over two terms of office, of the Chair of the International Association of Genocide Researchers, the largest academic organization devoted to genocide research. Likewise, he received his Ph.D. at the New School for Social Research in New York.