Ernesto Verdeja



Regular Faculty - Associate Professor


Joint Appointment in Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies; Faculty Fellow at Nanovic Institute for European Studies and Kellogg Institute for International Studies; Core Faculty Member of the Center for the Study of Social Movements and Social Change.


Political Theory
International Relations


Ph.D. New School for Social Research

Research and Teaching Interests

Research interests include large-scale political violence (genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity), transitional justice, forgiveness and reconciliation, and trials, truth commissions, apologies, and reparations. Other interests include contemporary political theory, particularly democratic and critical theory, the Frankfurt School, and feminism.


Ernesto Verdeja holds a joint appointment in the Department of Political Science and the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. He is the author of Unchopping a Tree: Reconciliation in the Aftermath of Political Violence (Temple University Press, 2009). He has published articles in Constellations, Perspectives on Politics, Contemporary Political Theory, The Review of Politics, The European Journal of Political Theory, International Political Science Review, Res Publica, Metaphilosophy, Genocide Studies and Prevention, and Contemporary Politics, as well as numerous chapters in edited collections.  Verdeja is also coeditor of volumes on peacebuilding and social movements, the field of genocide studies, and the international politics of genocide prevention. He is currently working on a book project on comparative genocide.

Verdeja is a faculty fellow at the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, the Klau Center for Civil and Human Rights, and the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, all part of the Keough School of Global Affairs, and a core faculty member of the Center for the Study of Social Movements. He is also the Executive Director of the Institute for the Study of Genocide, a non-profit organization founded in 1982 to promote research and policy analysis on the causes and prevention of genocide and political violence. Verdeja has served two terms on the Advisory Board of the International Association of Genocide Scholars, a worldwide scholarly association devoted to the study and prevention of genocide, and regularly consults on political violence issues with various government agencies and nongovernmental organizations.​​​​​​​

Verdeja is the recipient of the 2018 Sheedy Excellence in Teaching Award.

Contact Information

Office: 316 Hesburgh Center
Phone: 574 631-8533
Fax: 574-631-6973

Mailing Address

Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies
100 Hesburgh Center
Notre Dame, IN 46556-5677