Scott Straus is a journalist-turned-political scientist whose globally influential work focuses on large-scale political violence, particularly genocide and how it occurs. He also studies issues of human rights, post-conflict politics, and electoral violence, with an empirical focus on sub-Saharan Africa. Straus is the author or editor of nine award-winning books, including Making and Unmaking Nations: War, Leadership, and Genocide in Modern Africa and The Order of Genocide: Race, Power, and War. He has also published dozens of articles in leading journals of political science and genocide studies. Straus is a professor of political science, the coordinator of the comparative politics subfield, and an affiliate of the Center for Jewish Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, from where he originally earned his PhD.
Watch Straus’s remarks at the 2023 AAPSS Fellows Induction below or on YouTube.