Samuels Center for Community Partnerships and Civic Transformation (COMPACT)

Global Community Engagement presents Dr. Alexander Hinton speaking about "Perpetrators: Genocide and the Dark Side of Humanity"

Alexander Hinton

Dr. Alexander Hinton

Photo Credit: Lawrence Lerner

Part of the Global Community Engagement Program’s Spring 2024 “Focus on Cambodia,” marking the 45th anniversary of the end of the Cambodian genocide

Wednesday, March 20
2:30 – 3:45 pm
Zinner Forum, the Heller School

Perpetrators of mass violence are commonly regarded as evil. Their violent nature is believed to make them commit heinous crimes as members of state agencies, insurgencies, terrorist organizations, or racist and supremacist groups. Upon close examination, however, perpetrators are contradictory human beings who usually lead unsettlingly ordinary lives. Drawing on his co-authored book Perpetrators: Encountering Humanity’s Dark Side (Stanford, 2023), and decades of on-the-ground research with perpetrators of genocide and mass violence in Cambodia, and more recent research on white power extremism in the U.S., Professor Alex Hinton's talk will discuss what his research reveals about the dark side of humanity.


Bio and Books

Dr. 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 or editor of numerous books including Why did they Kill? Cambodia in the Shadow of Genocide (California, 2005), which won the 2008 Stirling Award for Best Published Work in Psychological Anthropology, Society for Psychological Anthropology.

Links to many of his other books are below: 

Co-sponsored by the Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, Anthropology, and English Departments, Asian American and Pacific Islander Studies Program, and Heller School for Social Policy and Management.