Alex Alvarez, Ph.D.

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

Publications Include: