About Scott

ScottStraus_Portrait_1_11.17.17_1620x1080Scott Straus is Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor of Political Science and International Studies at UW-Madison. Scott specializes in the study of genocide, political violence, human rights, and African politics. His most recent solo-authored books are Making and Unmaking Nations: War, Leadership, and Genocide in Modern Africa (Cornell University Press, 2015), which has won four awards, including the 2018 Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order, and Fundamentals of Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention (United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, 2016). His textbook on International Studies (co-authored with Barry Driscoll) was published in late 2018 by Sage/CQ Press. He has also published three books on Rwanda, including The Order of Genocide: Race, Power, and War in Rwanda (Cornell University Press, 2006); Remaking Rwanda: State Building and Human Rights after Mass Violence (a co-edited volume with Lars Waldorf; University of Wisconsin Press, 2011); and Intimate Enemy (co-authored with Robert Lyons; Zone Books, 2006). Scott also co-authored (with David Leonard) Africa’s Stalled Development (Lynne Rienner, 2003), translated The Great Lakes of Africa (Zone Books, 2003) and co-edited (with Steve Stern) The Human Rights Paradox (University of Wisconsin Press, 2014). He has published in the American Journal of Political Science, Perspectives on Politics, Foreign Affairs, World Politics, Politics & Society, Journal of Genocide Research, African Affairs, Terrorism and Political Violence, Genocide Studies and Prevention, Human Rights Quarterly, Journal of Peace Research, and the Canadian Journal of African Studies, among other journals. Scott has received fellowships from the Andrew Mellon Foundation, the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, and the United States Institute of Peace. In 2009, he was awarded the campus-wide William H. Kiekhofer Distinguished Teaching Award, in 2015 a Distinguished Honors Faculty teaching award, and in 2018 the Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Award. He also has served as Associate Chair and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Political Science. Beyond Madison, Scott was named a Winnick Fellow at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and in December 2016 was appointed to the Museum’s Council by President Obama. He currently serves on the Museum’s Committee on Conscience and on the Board of Visitors of Dartmouth College’s Dickey Center for International Understanding. He co-edits the new journal Violence, which is based at the Fondation maison des sciences humaines in Paris, as well as the book series Critical Human Rights. He is an editorial board member of African Affairs. Before starting in academia, Scott was a freelance journalist based in Nairobi, Kenya.

Banner image: Jean-Paul Mika, “Tango Tozalaka” (La Belle Epoque), 2014