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 law and international relations, 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 currently a Fellow at Harvard University‘s John F. Kennedy School of Government‘s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. 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 has published three books. He is the author of United States Law and Policy on Transitional Justice: Principles, Politics, and Pragmatics (Oxford University Press, forthcoming Mar. 4, 2016); the editor of Social Entrepreneurship in the Age of Atrocities: Changing Our World (2012); and the co-editor (with Dr. Phil Clark) of 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 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

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

Social Entrepreneurship in the Age of Atrocities

Social Entrepreneurship in the Age of Atrocities: Changing Our World

“This book makes an all too rare and important point: One of the distinguishing characteristics of social entrepreneurs is the way their actions and their example pave the way for peace. Kaufman gives us multiple examples here to demonstrate that the kind of empathetic leadership exhibited by these social entrepreneurs builds an alternative to conflict and contributes to the stability and security of societies.”

Dr. Diana Wells,
President, Ashoka

Upcoming Events

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2016-02-18
Yale Law School, New Haven, Connecticut

Title: “Incitement and other Informational Issues in Genocide: Legal and Policy Considerations” Location: Yale Law School Information Society Project office, 4th Floor, 40 Ashmun Street, New Haven, Connecticut 06511 Host: Yale Law School Information Society Project Date:  Thursday, February 18, 2016 Time: 12 PM …

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2016-02-26
Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Conference Title: “International Law in Domestic Practice” Conference Host: Harvard International Law Journal Location: Harvard Law School Date: Friday, February 26, 2016 Time: TBD Panel Title: “International Law in Domestic Human Rights Advocacy” Moderator: Dr. Zachary D. Kaufman, Fellow, Harvard University John F. Kennedy School …

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2016-03-10
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Title: Nurturing Future Geniuses: Innovations in Education Conference: 92nd Street Y Presents: 7 Days of Genius Panelists: Moderator: Zachary D. Kaufman Panelists: Andrew Klaber (investor, social entrepreneur) John Sexton (former President, New York University) Date:  Thursday, March 10, 2016 Time: 8:00 PM Venue: …

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2016-03-10
New York University

Title: United States Law and Policy on Transitional Justice: Principles, Politics, and Pragmatics (book talk) Date:  Thursday, March 10, 2016 Time: 3:30 PM Venue: New York University The Great Room 19 University Place New York, New York 10003

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2016-03-16
International Studies Association - 2016 Annual Convention

Title: United States Foreign Policy on Transitional Justice (roundtable book discussion) Conference: International Studies Association: 2016 Annual Convention Panelists: Chair: Dr. Leslie Vinjamuri Participants: Ari Bassin Dr. Annie Bird Dr. Zachary D. Kaufman Date:  Wednesday, March 16, 2016 Time: 4:00 PM Venue: Hilton …

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2016-03-16
International Studies Association - 2016 Annual Convention

Title: Human Rights and State Capacity Conference: International Studies Association: 2016 Annual Convention Panelists: Chair: Zachary D. Kaufman Presenters: Richard W. Frank Mark S. Berlin Tero Erkkilä Benjamin C. Carbonetti Melissa M. C. Beaudoin Date:  Wednesday, March 16, 2016 Time: 1:45 PM Venue: Hilton …

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2016-03-17
International Studies Association - 2016 Annual Convention

Title: Sexual Violence and Mass Atrocities: Critical Reflections on Advocacy, Investigation, and Intervention Conference: International Studies Association: 2016 Annual Convention Panelists: Chair: Zachary D. Kaufman Discussant: Karen Brown Presenters: Arthur N. Gilbert & Christi Yoder Jonneke Koomen Natalie Florea Hudson & Alexandra Budabin …

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2016-03-18
International Studies Association - 2016 Annual Convention

Title: The International Criminal Court Conference: International Studies Association: 2016 Annual Convention Panelists: Chair: Ayodeji K. Perrin Discussant: Zachary D. Kaufman Presenters: Mark S. Kersten Martin J. Burke Nora Stappert Date:  Friday, March 18, 2016 Time: 4:00 PM Venue: Hilton Atlanta 255 Courtland Street …

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2016-03-19
International Studies Association - 2016 Annual Convention

Title: Inside Out: Linking Local and Global Politics of Religion Conference: International Studies Association: 2016 Annual Convention Panelists: Chair: Lars Berger Discussants: Zachary D. Kaufman Philip Gamaghelyan Presenters: Alireza Raisi Nilay Saiya Wenhui Yang Rameez Abbas Galib Bashirov Date:  Saturday, March 19, …

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2016-03-22
Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Title: United States Law and Policy on Transitional Justice: Principles, Politics, and Pragmatics (book talk) Location: Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government, 79 John F. Kennedy Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 Date:  Tuesday, March 22, 2016 Time: TBD  

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2016-03-29
Yale Law School, New Haven, Connecticut

Title: United States Law and Policy on Transitional Justice: Principles, Politics, and Pragmatics (book talk) Location: Yale Law School, Room 129, 127 Wall Street, New Haven, Connecticut 06511 Date:  Tuesday, March 29, 2016 Time: 6:10 PM Commentator: Professor James J. …

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2016-03-30
Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut

Title: United States Law and Policy on Transitional Justice: Principles, Politics, and Pragmatics (book talk) Forum: Saybrook College Master’s Tea Location: Saybrook College Master’s House, Saybrook College, Yale University, 135 Prospect Street, New Haven, Connecticut 06520 Date:  Wednesday, March 30, …

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2016-04-05
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Title: United States Law and Policy on Transitional Justice: Principles, Politics, and Pragmatics (book talk) Location: Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts Venue: Political Violence Workshop Date:  Tuesday, April 5, 2016 Time: 12:00 PM

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2016-05-10
University of London School of Oriental and African Studies, London, United Kingdom

Title: United States Law and Policy on Transitional Justice: Principles, Politics, and Pragmatics (book talk) Location: University of London School of Oriental and African Studies, London, United Kingdom Date:  Tuesday, May 10, 2016 Time: 5:00 PM

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Oxford

2016-05-11
Oxford University, Oxford, United Kingdom

Title: United States Law and Policy on Transitional Justice: Principles, Politics, and Pragmatics (book talk) Location: University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom Date:  Wednesday, May 11, 2016 Time: 5:00 PM

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2016-05-19
Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Title: TBD   Speaker: Dr. Zachary D. Kaufman International Security Fellow Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs   Date:  Thursday, May 19, 2016   Time: 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM   Venue: Harvard …

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2016-06-01
Ninth Biennial Conference on Political History

Conference: Ninth Biennial Conference on Political History Panel Title:  Foreign Policy Panelists: Zachary D. Kaufman: “The American Political History of Responding to Suspected Perpetrators of Genocide and other Mass Atrocities” (book talk on United States Law and Policy on Transitional …

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2016-06-02
Law and Society Association - 2016 Annual Meeting

Title: Rights and Liberal Legality in the Global Context Conference: Law and Society Association: 2016 Annual Meeting Panelists: Chair: Zachary D. Kaufman Discussant: Zachary D. Kaufman Presenters: TBD Date:  Thursday, June 2, 2016 Time: TBD Venue: New Orleans Marriott 555 Canal Street New Orleans, Louisiana 70130

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2016-06-06
New York City Bar Association, New York, New York

Title: United States Law and Policy on Transitional Justice: Principles, Politics, and Pragmatics (book talk) Date:  Monday, June 6, 2016 Time: TBD Venue: Committee on African Affairs New York City Bar Association 42 West 44th Street New York, New York 10036

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