Ben Kiernan

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Professor Ben Kiernan "obtained his Ph.D. from Monash University, Australia, in 1983, and is now the A. Whitney Griswold Professor of History at Yale University. In 1998 he founded the Genocide Studies Program at Yale University's MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies, an interdisciplinary, inter-regional program that researches comparative and policy issues relating to the phenomenon of genocide. Professor Kiernan has also served as director of the Cambodian Genocide Program since 1994, where he was instrumental in unearthing and disclosing documents attesting to genocidal crimes of the Khmer Rouge regime, through research supported by the U.S. State Department.

"Professor Kiernan is the author of Blood and Soil: A World History of Genocide and Extermination from Sparta to Darfur (2007), Genocide and Resistance in Southeast Asia: Documentation, Denial and Justice in Cambodia and East Timor (2007),How Pol Pot Came to Power: Colonialism, Nationalism, and Communism in Cambodia, 1930-1975 (1985, 2004), Cambodia: The Eastern Zone Massacres (1986), The Pol Pot Regime: Race, Power and Genocide in Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge, 1975-1979 (1996, 2002), and Le Génocide au Cambodge, 1975-1979: Race, idéologie, et pouvoir (1998). He is the co-author of Khmers Rouges ! Matériaux pour l'histoire du communisme au Cambodge (1981), Peasants and Politics in Kampuchea, 1942-1981 (1982), and Cambodge: Histoire et enjeux (1986). His edited collection Conflict and Change in Cambodia won the Critical Asian Studies Prize for 2002. He is also the editor of Genocide and Democracy in Cambodia: The Khmer Rouge, the United Nations, and the International Community (1993), and Burchett: Reporting the Other Side of the World, 1939-1983 (1986), and co-editor of Revolution and Its Aftermath in Kampuchea (1983), Pol Pot Plans the Future: Confidential Leadership Documents from Democratic Kampuchea, 1976-1977 (1988), and The Specter of Genocide: Mass Murder in Historical Perspective (2003)." [1]

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  1. Ben Kiernan, The Global Conference on the Prevention of Genocide, accessed December 17, 2007.
  2. Journal Details, Critical Asian Studies, accessed July 24, 2008.