Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northern Arizona University
Ida E. King Distinguished Scholar, Fall 2017-Spring 2018
Alex Alvarez is a Professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northern Arizona University. From 2001 until 2003 he was the founding Director of the Martin-Springer Institute for Teaching the Holocaust, Tolerance, and Humanitarian Values. In 2017-2018, he will serve as the Ida E. King Distinguished Visiting Scholar in Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Stockton University. His main areas of study are in the areas of collective and interpersonal violence, including homicide and genocide. His first book, Governments, Citizens, and Genocide, was published by Indiana University Press in 2001. His other books include Murder American Style(2002), Violence: The Enduring Problem (2007, 2013 2nd ed., 2017 3rd ed.),Genocidal Crimes (2009), and Native America and the Question of Genocide(2014). His latest book, Unsteady Ground: Climate Change, Conflict, and Genocide was published in July 2017. He has also served as an editor for the journal Violence and Victims, was a founding co-editor of the journal Genocide Studies and Prevention, and has served as an editorial board member for a number of other journals. He has been invited to speak and present his research throughout the United States, and in various countries including Austria, Bosnia, Canada, England, Germany, Lithuania, the Netherlands, and Sweden.
1991 Ph.D., University of New Hampshire, Sociology
1987 M.A., University of New Hampshire, Sociology
1985 B.S., Northland College, Sociology/Outdoor Education
Areas of Expertise:
Criminology, Criminal Justice, Sociology, Collective & Interpersonal Violence, Holocaust Studies, Genocide Studies, Mass Atrocity Crimes, Transitional Justice
- Unstable Ground: Climate Change, Conflict, and Genocide (Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2017)
- Native America and the Question of Genocide (Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2014)
-2014 Choice book selection.
- Genocidal Crimes (New York: Routledge, 2010).
-2010 Choice book selection.
-2011 Northern Arizona University Research and Creativity Award Selection for Most Significant Scholarly Work.
- Alex Alvarez, and Ronet Bachman. Violence: The Enduring Problem (Thousand Oaks, Ca.: Sage, 2014 2nd ed., 2017 3rd ed., 2008)
- Alex Alvarez, and Ronet Bachman. Murder American Style (Belmont, Ca.: Wadsworth Publishing, 2002)
- Governments, Citizens, and Genocide: A Comparative and Interdisciplinary Approach (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2002)
-2001 Choice book selection.
-2002 Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences book of the year nominee.
-2002-2003 International Association of Genocide Scholars Rafael Lemkin book award nominee.