Scott Straus

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Scott Straus (born May 9, 1970) is an American political scientist currently serving as a professor of political science at the University of California-Berkeley in the United States.[1][2] He studied for a BA in English at Dartmouth College and received his PhD from University of California, Berkeley on the Rwandan genocide.[3][4] His research focuses on genocide, violence, human rights and African politics. He was previously a freelance journalist based in Africa,[5] and in 2000 was a visiting fellow at Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris.[4] He is the 2018 winner of the Grawemeyer Award for Ideas for Improving World Order for his book Making and Unmaking Nations: War, Leadership, and Genocide in Modern Africa.[6]

Straus is author of The Order of Genocide: Race, Power, and War in Rwanda (Cornell University Press, 2006), which won the 2006 Award for Excellence in Political Science and Government from the Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division of the Association of American Publishers, an honorable mention in the African Studies Association's 2007 Melville J. Herskovits Award, and Choice magazine's Outstanding Academic Title award for 2007.[4][7] Among his other books are Africa's Stalled Development: International Causes and Cures, co-authored with David K. Leonard (Lynne Rienner, 2003), and Intimate Enemy: Images and Voices of the Rwandan Genocide, in collaboration with photographer Robert Lyons (MIT Press/Zone Books, 2006).[4] In 2016, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum published his Fundamentals of Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention.[8] He also translated The Great Lakes of Africa: Two Thousand Years of History by the French historian Jean-Pierre Chrétien into English (MIT Press/Zone Books, 2003).[4][9] He has also co-edited Remaking Rwanda, State Building and Human Rights after Mass Violence with Lars Waldorf.[10]


  1. ^ "Scott Straus". Retrieved 2022-02-13.
  2. ^ "Scott Straus | Institute of International Studies". Retrieved 2022-02-13.
  3. ^ Marquez Garcia, Sandra (7 April 2002). "Rwanda: Aftermath of Genocide". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 4 February 2010.
  4. ^ a b c d e "Scott Straus" (PDF). University of Wisconsin–Madison. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-12-10. Retrieved 2009-11-02.
  5. ^ Agha, Marisa; Wells Miller, Bettye (29 March 2006). "Higher purpose drives desire to help". The Press-Enterprise. Retrieved 4 February 2010.
  6. ^ "Grawemeyer Awards, World Order, Previous Winners". Retrieved 2018-12-06.
  7. ^ "The Order of Genocide: Race, Power, and War in Rwanda". Cornell University Press. Retrieved 2009-11-02.
  8. ^ Straus, Scott (2016). Fundamentals of Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention. Washington, DC: US Holocaust Memorial Museum. ISBN 9780896047150.
  9. ^ Meier, Mary (26 August 2003). "'Great Lakes' traces the struggles, strife of an African region". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 4 February 2010.
  10. ^ UW Press - : Remaking Rwanda: State Building and Human Rights after Mass Violence, Edited by Scott Straus and Lars Waldorf. Retrieved 4 September 2013.

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