Rutgers-Newark expert can discuss Cambodian genocide as trials get underway in Phnom Penh
As war crime tribunals against Khmer Rouge leaders get underway, many see them as a last chance to bring to justice the people responsible for the murders of 2 million Cambodians during the rule of Pol Pot. Alexander Hinton, an internationally known expert on genocide and an associate professor of anthropology and global affairs at Rutgers University in Newark, can discuss the genocide and the tribunals. Hinton, who has extensively researched the Cambodian killing fields, has done more than amass cold facts and data about genocide; he also has witnessed firsthand its emotional toll during travels to Cambodia to meet with genocide survivors.
In addition to his research, Hinton is director of the Rutgers Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights, and is responsible for the establishment of the Documentation Center of Cambodia at Rutgers-Newark, which houses papers, photographs, films and other materials that provide a record of the 1975-1979 genocide. Later this year he will publish Genocide, Modernity, and Revitalization: Life under the Khmer Rouge, a sequel to his 2005 book, Why Did They Kill? Cambodia in the Shadow of Genocide. He also is co-editing a volume entitled Genocide, Truth, Memory, and Representation: Anthropological Perspectives. Hinton also has written numerous journal articles on the topic.
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