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     Scott Straus

Title: Professor and Associate Chair
Website: https://faculty.polisci.wisc.edu/sstraus/
Joint Appt: International Studies
Office: 110 North Hall
Office Hours: Fridays 3-4:30 PM
Phone: 608.263.1894
Has Voicemail: Yes
E-Mail: sstraus@wisc.edu
Keywords: Africa, Cote d'Ivoire, Genocide, Human Rights, Political Violence, Rwanda
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Scott Straus (Berkeley Ph.D., 2004) is Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of Political Science and Professor of International Studies. Straus works on violence, human rights, and African politics. His most recent books are Fundamentals of Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention (US Holocuast Memorial Museum, 2016) and Making and Unmaking Nations: War, Leadership, and Genocide in Modern Africa (Cornell, 2015), which won awards from the American Political Science Association and the International Studies Association.  His 2006 book on the Rwandan genocide, The Order of Genocide: Race, Power, and War in Rwanda (Cornell University Press), also won several awards, including the best 2006 book in political science from the Association of American Publishers. He also has co-edited, with Lars Waldorf, Remaking Rwanda: State-Building and Human Rights in Rwanda (UW Press, 2011) and, with Steve Stern, The Human Rights Paradox: Universality and Its Discontents (UW Press, 2014). Straus also co-authored, with David Leonard, Africa's Stalled Development: International Causes and Cures (Lynne Rienner, 2003) and, with Robert Lyons, Intimate Enemy: Voices and Images of the Rwandan Genocide (Zone/MIT, 2006). Straus has published articles in American Journal of Political Science, World Politics, Politics and Society, Foreign Affairs, Perspectives on Politics, African Affairs, Terrorism and Political Violence, Genocide Studies and Prevention, The Journal of Genocide Research, and other journals; he translated The Great Lakes of Africa: Two Thousand Years of History (Zone 2003); and he has received fellowships from the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, the Andrew Mellon Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, and the United States Institute of Peace. In 2009, Straus was awarded the campus-wide William Kiekhofer Distinguished Teaching Award, and in 2011 he was named a Winnick Fellow at the Committee on Conscience at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. Prior to his academic career, Straus was a freelance journalist in Africa.

Recent Publications

Scott Straus Scott Straus. 2016. Fundamentals of Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention. Washington, DC: The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.   
Scott Straus Making and Unmaking Nations:  War, Leadership and Genocide in Modern Africa (Cornell University Press, 2015) discussed in New Books in Political Science.
http://newbooksinpoliticalscience.com/ http://newbooksinpoliticalscience.com/2015/06/09/scott-straus-making-and-unmaking-nations-war-leadership-and-genocide-in-modern-africa-cornell-university-press-2015/  
Scott Straus Making and Unmaking Nations: War, Leadership, and Genocide in Modern Africa (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2015)   
Scott Straus , "Challenges, Debates, and Reflections on the 'Post' in 'Post-Conflict' Côte d'Ivoire: An Introduction," Canadian Journal of African Studies 48:2, pp. 181-184.   
Scott Straus, and Steve Stern, eds. The Human Rights Paradox: Universality and Its Discontents (Madison: University of Wisconsin, Press, 2014).   
Andrew Kydd, Scott Straus, “The Road to Hell? Third-Party Intervention to Prevent Atrocities.” American Journal of Political Science 2013.   
Scott Straus, "Genocide and Human Rights," in Michael Goodhart, ed., Human Rights: Politics and Practice, 2nd. Ed. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), pp. 273-289.   
Scott Straus, and Charlie Taylor, "Democratization and Electoral Violence in Sub-Saharan Africa, 1990-2008," in Dorina Bekoe, ed., Voting in Fear: Electoral Violence in Sub-Saharan Africa (Washington, DC: United States Institute of Peace Press, 2012), pp. 15-38.   
Scott Straus, "Retreating from the Brink: Theorizing Mass Violence and the Dynamics of Restraint." Perspectives on Politics 10, 2 (2012): 343-62.   
Scott Straus, “Destroy Them to Save Us’: Theories of Genocide and Logics of Political Violence.” Terrorism and Political Violence 24, 4 (2012): 544-60   
Scott Straus, Evgeny Finkel, "Macro, Meso, and Micro Research on Genocide: Gains, Shortcomings, and Future Areas of Inquiry’" Genocide Studies and Prevention 7, 1 (2012): 56-67   
Scott Straus, "Wars Do End! Changing Patterns of Political Violence in Sub-Saharan Africa." African Affairs 2012.
Scott Straus, “’It’s Sheer Horror Here’: Patterns of Violence during the First Four Months of Côte d’Ivoire’s Post-Electoral Crisis.” African Affairs 110:440 (2011).   
Scott Straus, “Mali and Its Sahelian Neighbors.” Input Paper, World Development Report 2011 (Washington, DC: World Bank, 2011), http://wdr2011.worldbank.org/Mali.   
Scott Straus, Thomas Bassett . “Defending Democracy in Côte d’Ivoire: Africa Takes a Stand.” Foreign Affairs, July/August 2011, pp. 130-140.   
Scott Straus, Lars Waldorf, eds. Remaking Rwanda: State Building and Human Rights after Mass Violence (University of Wisconsin Press, 2011).   
Scott Straus, "Genocide Studies and Political Science." In Donald Bloxham, ed., Oxford Handbook on Genocide (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010), pp. 163-181.   
Scott Straus: “Genocide and Human Rights,” in Michael Goodhart, ed., Human Rights: Politics and Practice (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009), pp. 279-296.   
Scott Straus: “From Rescue to Violence: Overcoming Local Opposition to Genocide in Rwanda,” translated as “L’échec de l’opposition locale au génocide rwandais,” in Jacques Sémelin, Sarah Gensburger, and Claire Andrieu, eds. Rescuing Practices in the Face of Genocide: Comparative Perspectives (Paris: Sciences Po University Press, 2008), pp. 345- 360.   
Scott Straus: “The Promise and Limits of Comparison: Rwanda and the Holocaust,” in Alan Rosenbaum, ed., Is the Holocaust Unique?: Perspectives on Comparative Genocide 3rd ed. (Boulder: Westview Press, 2009), pp. 245-257.   
Scott Straus "Order in Disorder: A Micro-Comparative Study of Genocidal Dynamics in Rwanda,” in Stathis Kalyvas, Ian Shapiro, and Tarek Masoud, eds., Order, Conflict and Violence (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2008), pp. 301-320.