Our Team’s Publications

Our faculty, fellows, and students conduct cutting-edge, grant-funded research and practice projects on genocide and mass atrocity prevention and recovery efforts.

Our research is published across the fields of Human Rights, Genocide Studies, International Law, Security Studies, Terrorism Studies, and Peace and Conflict Studies.


Graduate students from across Mason are invited to join our Writing Working Group! Email us if you want to join.

We help each other get two or three student papers published a year.

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  • Al Achkar, Ziad. “Review of Beyond Soccer: International Relations and Politics as Seen Through the Beautiful Game,” Journal of Political Science Education, Vol. 15, No. 2 (2019): 273-275.

  • Collins, Laura and Terrence Lyons, eds., “Special Issue: Rethinking Genocide, Mass Atrocities, and Political Violence in Africa,” Genocide Studies and Prevention Vol. 13, No. 2 (2019).

  • Finkel, James P. “Atrocity Prevention from Obama to Trump,” in Preventing Mass Atrocities: Policies and Practices, Barbara Harff and Ted Robert Gurr, eds. (Routledge, 2019): 113-134.

  • Irvin-Erickson, Douglas. "Understanding Culture and Conflict in Preventing Genocide," in International and Transnational Crime and Justice, Mangai Natarajan, ed. (Cambridge University Press, 2019).

  • Irvin-Erickson, Douglas. "From Geneva to Nuremberg to New York: Andrei Vyshinsky, Raphaël Lemkin, and the Struggle to Outlaw Revolutionary Violence, State Terror, and Genocide," in Stalin's Soviet Justice: Show Trials, War Crimes, and Nuremberg, David Crowe, ed. (Bloomsbury, 2019).

  • Irvin-Erickson, Douglas. "Raphaël Lemkin," in Cultural Genocide: Law, Politics, and Global Manifestations, Jeffrey S. Bachman, ed. (Routledge, 2019).

  • Kuradusenge-McLeod, Claudine A. "Book Review: Making Ubumwe: Power, State and Camps in Rwanda’s Unity-Building Projects," Genocide Studies and Prevention Vol. 13, No. 2 (2019): 148-149.

  • Polunina, Valentyna. “The Human Face of Soviet Justice? Aron Trainin and the Origins of the Soviet Doctrine of International Criminal Law”, in Stalin’s Soviet Justice, David Crowe, ed. (Bloomsbury, 2019).

  • Taylor, Christian. “Al-Qaida is Stronger Today than it was on 9/11.” The Conversation (July 1, 2019). Link.

  • Taylor, Christian, Tanner Semmelrock and Alexandra McDermott. “The Cost of Defection: The Consequences of Quitting Al-Shabaab.” International Journal of Conflict and Violence Vol. 13 (2019).

  • Tombe, Sandra. "Book Review: Ethnic Politics and State Power in Africa: The Logic of the Coup-Civil War Trap," Genocide Studies and Prevention Vol. 13, No. 2 (2019): 150-151.


  • Al-Achkar, Ziad. “Melting Arctic: Implications for the Twenty-First Century,” Seton Hall Journal of Diplomacy and International Relations Fall/Winter (2018): 47-62.

  • Finkel, James P. "Global Approaches to Atrocity Prevention: Introduction to the Special Issue," Genocide Studies and Prevention Vol. 11, No. 3 (2018): 3-5.

  • Irvin-Erickson, Douglas. "Foreword." In Anton Weiss-Wendt, A Rhetorical Crime: Genocide in the Geopolitical Discourse of the Cold War (Rutgers University Press, 2018).

  • Irvin-Erickson, Douglas. "Prosecuting Sexual Violence at the Cambodian War Crimes Tribunal: Challenges, Limitations, and Implications," Human Rights Quarterly Vol. 40, No. 3 (2018): 570-590.

  • Jacob, Edwin Daniel. “Selling Security,” Peace Review Vol. 30, No. 2 (2018): 192-198.

  • Nimuraba, Sixte Vigny. “Do it with Them: Community Service as a Tool for Nonviolence Education in Burundi,” in Vidya Jain and Matt Meyer, eds,. Connecting Contemporary African-Asian Peacemaking and Nonviolence: Satyagraha / Ujamaa (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2018). 

  • Nimuraba, Sixte Vigny and Matt Meyer. “Crossing False Boundaries: Civil Society and Peace-building in Post-Genocide Burundi, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo,” in Vidya Jain and Matt Meyer, eds., Connecting Contemporary African-Asian Peacemaking and Nonviolence: Satyagraha / Ujamaa (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2018).

  • Polunina, Valentyna. “The Soviets at Tokyo: International Justice at the Dawn of the Cold War”, in Transcultural Justice at the Tokyo Tribunal: The Allied Struggle for Justice, 1946-48, Kerstin von Lingen, ed. (Brill, 2018): 124-147.

  • Wise, Louise E. “Naming Genocide: The Least That Can Be Done,” 21st Century Global Dynamics Vol. 11, No. 11 (2018).


  • Finkel, James P., ed. “Special Issue: Global Approaches to Atrocity Prevention: Theory, Practice, and the State of the Field,” Genocide Studies and Prevention Vol. 11, No. 3 (2017).

  • Irvin-Erickson, Douglas. Raphaël Lemkin and the Concept of Genocide (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017).

  • Irvin-Erickson, Douglas. “Genocide Discourses: American and Russian Strategic Narratives of Conflict in Iraq and Ukraine,” Politics and Governance Vol. 5, No. 3 (2017): 130-145.

  • Irvin-Erickson, Douglas. “Sixty Years of Failing to Prosecute Sexual Crimes: From Raphaël Lemkin at Nuremberg to Lubanga at the International Criminal Court,” in A Gendered Lens for Genocide Prevention, Mary Michele Connellan and Christiane Fröhlich, eds. (Palgrave, 2017).

  • Irvin-Erickson, Douglas. “Protection from Whom? Tensions, Contradictions, and Potential in the Responsibility to Protect,” in Rethinking Security in the Twenty-First Century, Edwin Daniel Jacob, ed. (Palgrave, 2017).

  • Jacob, Edwin Daniel. Rethinking Security in the Twenty First Century: A Reader (Palgrave, 2017).

  • Martin-Shields, Charles. "Information Communication Technologies in Atrocity Response and Prevention: Deepening Our Understanding of the Legal, Ethical and Practical Challenges,"Genocide Studies and Prevention Vol. 11, No. 1 (2017): 100-103.

  • Wise, Louise E. “Social Death and the Loss of a ‘World’: An Anatomy of Genocidal Harm in Sudan,” The International Journal of Human Rights Vol. 21, No. 7 (2017): 838-865.


  • Al Achkar, Ziad, (co-authored with Jos Berens, Nathaniel Raymond, Stefaan Verhulst). Building Data Responsibility into Humanitarian Action. United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, May 2016.

  • Al Achkar, Ziad (co-authored with Nathaniel A. Raymond). Data Preparedness: Connecting Data, Decision-making and Humanitarian Response. Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard University. November 2016. 

  • Irvin-Erickson, Douglas and Peter Phan, eds. Violence, Religion, Peacemaking: Contributions of Interreligious Dialogue (Palgrave, 2016).

  • Kuradusenge, Claudine. "Denied Victimhood and Contested Narratives: The Case of Hutu Diaspora," Genocide Studies and Prevention Vol. 10, No. 2 (2016): 59-75.

  • Manojlovic, Borislava, Tetsushi Ogata, and Andrea Bartoli, eds. “Special Issue: Towards the Prevention of Genocide,” Genocide Studies and Prevention Vol. 9, No. 3 (2016).

  • Moix, Bridget. "Turning Atrocity Prevention Inside-Out: Community-Based Approaches to Preventing, Protecting, and Recovering from Mass Violence," Genocide Studies and Prevention Vol. 9, No. 3 (2016): 59-69.

  • Rothbart, Daniel and Cooley, Jessica. "Hutus Aiding Tutsis during the Rwandan Genocide: Motives, Meanings and Morals," Genocide Studies and Prevention Vol. 10, No. 2 (2016): 76-97.


  • Al Achkar, Ziad (co-authored with Brittany Card, Nathaniel A. Raymond) “What is Humanitarian Communication?” European Interagency Security Forum, October 2015. 

  • Collins, Laura C. "Book Review: The Holodomor Reader: A Sourcebook on the Famine of 1932–1933 in Ukraine," Genocide Studies and Prevention Vol. 9, No. 1 (2015): 114-115.

  • Finkel, James P. “Moving Beyond The Crossroads: Strengthening the Atrocity Prevention Board,” Genocide Studies and Prevention Vol. 9, No. 2 (2015): 138-147.

  • Korostelina, Karina. "Crimean Tatars From Mass Deportation to Hardships in Occupied Crimea," Genocide Studies and Prevention Vol. 9, No. 1 (2015): 33-47.


  • Al Achkar Ziad (co-authored with Brittany Card, Benjamin Davies). “Digital Data: Improving Situational Awareness during Complex Humanitarian Crises.” Naval War College MOC Warfighter Journal, May 2014.

  • Finkel, James P.  Atrocity Prevention At The Crossroads: Assessing The President’s Atrocity Prevention Board After Two Years (United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Center for the Prevention of Genocide, 2014).

  • Nimuraba, Sixte Vigny. Establishing a Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Burundi: Perspectives on Possibilities and Challenges (Lap Lambert, 2014).


  • Al Ackar, Ziad (co-authored with Nathaniel A. Raymond, Benjamin I. Davies, Brittany L. Card, Ziad Al Achkar, and Isaac L. Baker). "While We Watched: Assessing the Impact of the Satellite Sentinel Project." Georgetown Journal of International Affairs Vol. 14, No. 2 (2013): 185-91.

  • Al Achkar, Ziad (co-authored with Nathaniel A. Raymond, Benjamin I. Davies, Brittany L. Card, Ziad Al Achkar, and Isaac L. Baker). Sudan: Anatomy of a Conflict. Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, Harvard University, May 2013.

  • Irvin-Erickson, Yasemin and Douglas Irvin-Erickson, eds. “Humanitarian Technologies and Genocide Prevention,” Genocide Studies and Prevention Vol. 8, No. 3 (2013).

  • Ndura, Elavie and Sixte Vigny Nimuraba. “Educating for Democracy and Social Justice to Further Burundi’s 2025 Vision.” Procedia-Social and Behavioral Sciences, 93 (2013): 714-718.  

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