photoZachary D. Kaufman, J.D., Ph.D., is an academic specializing in law, political science, and public policy. His scholarly work (writing, teaching, and speaking) focuses on a range of issues in these fields.

Dr. Kaufman is a Senior Fellow at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and a Lecturer in Law and Fellow at Stanford Law School. Previously, he taught in Yale University‘s Department of Political Science and George Washington University‘s Elliott School of International Affairs. He also has held academic appointments at Yale Law School, Harvard Law School, Stanford University, and New York University.

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). He is also the author of numerous articles and book chapters.

Dr. Kaufman received his D.Phil. (Ph.D.) and M.Phil., both in International Relations, from the University of Oxford (where he was a Marshall Scholar), his J.D. from Yale Law School (where he was 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

2018-08-31
American Political Science Association - 2018 Annual Meeting

Conference: American Political Science Association: 2018 Annual Conference Panel: “Justice in Conflict” Chair and Discussant: Mahmood Monshiouri, San Francisco State University Panelists: Holly Guthrey, Uppsala University Zachary D. Kaufman, Stanford Law School / Harvard University Kennedy School of Government Joseph …

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Recent Updates

From the Blog

2018-02-25
Welcome to my blog!

Welcome to my blog! I will soon begin posting here regularly. In the meantime, please have a...

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Publications

2016
United States Law and Policy on Transitional Justice

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

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Transitional Justice Media

Over the years, transitional justice and related human rights issues have featured in many films...

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Publications

2012-08-31
Social Entrepreneurship in the Age of Atrocities

Social Entrepreneurship in the Age of Atrocities: Changing Our World "How can anyone make a...

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After Genocide

Publications

2009-03-23
After Genocide

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

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Kigali Public Library

This project was to build Rwanda's first ever public library. (more…)

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Across the globe ppl are using their smartphones to document atrocities. What does this mean for international criminal law? Latest version of User-Generated Evidence now up: https://t.co/sXCvno49An & forthcoming @ColumbiaJTL @KAlexaKoenig @rgoodlaw @kiphale Feedback welcome!

In which @sekreps and I bring US domestic politics to bear on the discussion of *why* the war in Afghanistan has lasted so long... (cc: @PoliSciUMN) https://t.co/TENlWdsU9c

I recommend the @CFR_org International Affairs Fellowship for academics who want to apply their research and recommendations to public service. I had an extremely meaningful experience serving on the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee during the 2016-17 academic year. #SFRC

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CFR is seeking International Affairs Fellowship applicants for 2019-2020! The program has produced 600 alumni, including a former secretary of state and several undersecretaries of state. Apply by October 31: https://t.co/jiofXjTpAY

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