photoZachary D. Kaufman, J.D., Ph.D., is an academic specializing in political science, public policy, and law. His scholarly work (writing, teaching, and speaking) focuses on the fields of international relations and international law, including U.S. foreign policy; international and transitional justice; human rights; genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and other atrocities; social entrepreneurship; and the Great Lakes region of sub-Saharan Africa (particularly Rwanda).

Dr. Kaufman is a Senior Fellow at Harvard University‘s John F. Kennedy School of Government. In addition, he continues to be a Visiting Fellow at both Yale Law School and Yale University‘s Genocide Studies Program as well as a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Previously, he taught in Yale University‘s Department of Political Science and George Washington University‘s Elliott School of International Affairs, and he held fellowships or research positions at the U.S. Supreme Court, Yale Law School, Harvard Law School, Yale School of Management, and Stanford University.

In addition to his other writing, Dr. Kaufman is the author or editor of three books: United States Law and Policy on Transitional Justice: Principles, Politics, and Pragmatics (Oxford University Press 2016); Social Entrepreneurship in the Age of Atrocities: Changing Our World (Edward Elgar 2012); and After Genocide: Transitional Justice, Post-Conflict Reconstruction, and Reconciliation in Rwanda and Beyond (Oxford University Press 2009).

Dr. Kaufman received his D.Phil. (Ph.D.) in International Relations from the University of Oxford (where he was a Marshall Scholar), his J.D. from Yale Law School (where he was an Olin Fellow and Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Law & Policy Review), and his B.A. in Political Science from Yale University (where he was the student body president).

For Dr. Kaufman’s expanded biography, please see here.

Writing

United States Law and Policy on Transitional Justice

United States Law and Policy on Transitional Justice: Principles, Politics, and Pragmatics

“In this strikingly original and meticulously researched book, Dr. Zachary Kaufman argues that the United States has led in the creation of some crucial international criminal tribunals for prudential reasons. The book provides essential insights for all interested in preventing mass atrocity, most importantly that war crimes tribunals have been and can be a prudent policy option for the United States.”

Dr. Kathryn A. Sikkink,
Ryan Family Professor of Human Rights Policy, Harvard University Kennedy School of Government

Social Entrepreneurship in the Age of Atrocities

Social Entrepreneurship in the Age of Atrocities: Changing Our World

“How can anyone make a difference in a world marked by genocide, civil war, refugee crises, disease epidemics? With conscience, hope, and sweat equity, Dr. Zachary Kaufman and the other contributors to this book have offered aid, created organizations serving victims of human rights violations, and learned from set-backs and failures. Their insight into challenges of sustainable fund-raising, organizational design and management, and skepticism about young Western volunteers can inspire and instruct others who hope to address suffering and injustice through initiative, analysis, and commitment.”

Martha Minow,
Dean, Harvard Law School

After Genocide

After Genocide: Transitional Justice, Post-Conflict Reconstruction, and Reconciliation in Rwanda and Beyond

“This book should be labelled ‘for the mature individual only.’ But for that mature individual it is of extreme interest. It shows, far from any Manichean stereotyping, the many facets of having to try to live in an impossibly complex social and human situation. Highly recommended.”

Gérard Prunier,
The Rwanda Crisis: History of a Genocide

Upcoming Events

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2017-02-25
International Studies Association - 2017 Annual Convention

Title: TBD Conference: International Studies Association: 2017 Annual Convention Panel Title: Reconciliation: Individual Responsibility, Communities, and Institutions Panelists: Chair and Discussant: Eric Wiebelhaus-Brahm Presenters: Zachary D. Kaufman Genevieve S. Parent Maria Krause Havva Kok Arslan Katherine Grein Date:  Saturday, February 25, 2017 Time: 10:30 AM …

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2017-02-27
The Smithsonian (Washington, DC)

Title:  Social Entrepreneurship in the Age of Atrocities (book talk) Date:  Monday, February 27, 2017 Time:  6:45 PM Venue: The Smithsonian Washington, DC

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