Scott Straus (Berkeley Ph.D., 2004) is Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of Political Science and Professor of International Studies. Straus works on violence, human rights, and African politics. His most recent books are Fundamentals of Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention (US Holocuast Memorial Museum, 2016) and Making and Unmaking Nations: War, Leadership, and Genocide in Modern Africa (Cornell, 2015), which won awards from the American Political Science Association and the International Studies Association. His 2006 book on the Rwandan genocide, The Order of Genocide: Race, Power, and War in Rwanda (Cornell University Press), also won several awards, including the best 2006 book in political science from the Association of American Publishers. He also has co-edited, with Lars Waldorf, Remaking Rwanda: State-Building and Human Rights in Rwanda (UW Press, 2011) and, with Steve Stern, The Human Rights Paradox: Universality and Its Discontents (UW Press, 2014).
Straus also co-authored, with David Leonard, Africa's Stalled Development: International Causes and Cures (Lynne Rienner, 2003) and, with Robert Lyons, Intimate Enemy: Voices and Images of the Rwandan Genocide (Zone/MIT, 2006). Straus has published articles in American Journal of Political Science, World Politics, Politics and Society, Foreign Affairs, Perspectives on Politics, African Affairs, Terrorism and Political Violence, Genocide Studies and Prevention, The Journal of Genocide Research, and other journals; he translated The Great Lakes of Africa: Two Thousand Years of History (Zone 2003); and he has received fellowships from the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, the Andrew Mellon Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, and the United States Institute of Peace. In 2009, Straus was awarded the campus-wide William Kiekhofer Distinguished Teaching Award, and in 2011 he was named a Winnick Fellow at the Committee on Conscience at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. Prior to his academic career, Straus was a freelance journalist in Africa.
Charles Fernandes Taylor, Jon CW Pevehouse, and Scott Straus, "Perils of pluralism: Electoral violence and incumbency in sub-Saharan Africa," Journal of Peace Research 54:3 (2017), pp. 297-411
Courtney Hillebrecht and Scott Straus. 2017. "Who Pursues the Perpetrators? State Cooperation with the ICC," Human Rights Quarterly 39:1, 162-188.
Scott Straus. 2016. "Ideology and Restraint: Genocide and Non-Genocide Cases in Comparative Perspective." Empire, Ideology, Mass Violence: The Long 20th Century in Comparative Perspective. pp. 203-241.
Scott Straus, "What is being Prevented? Genocide, Atrocity, and Conceptual Ambiguity in the Anti-Atrocity Movement," in Sheri Roseberg, tibi Galis, and Alex Zucker, eds., Reconstructing Atrocity Prevention (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2016), pp. 17-30.
Scott Straus (with André Guichaoua and Emmanuel Ntakarutimana), “Aspirations démocratiques et ‘démocraties autoritaires’ en Afrique centrale,” Revue Tiers Monde 228 (2016), introduction and co-edited special issue.
Scott Strays, "Triggers of Mass Atrocity," Politics and Governance 3:3 (2015).
Scott Straus, Making and Unmaking Nations: War, Leadership, and Genocide in Modern Africa (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2015)
Scott Straus, "Challenges, Debates, and Reflections on the 'Post' in 'Post-Conflict' Côte d'Ivoire: An Introduction," Canadian Journal of African Studies 48:2, pp. 181-184.
Scott Straus. 2016. Fundamentals of Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention. Washington, DC: The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Service for Outstanding Mentor from the Ronald E McNair program
Best Book Award from the Conflict Processes Section of the American Political Science Association for a book published in 2014 or 2015.
Making and Unmaking of Nations, The Georgetown University Lepgold Book Prize, for the best book on international relations published in 2015.
Appointed by President Obama as a member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council
UW Kellett Mid-Career Award
Recieved the 2015 Distinguished Honors Faculty Awards from the L&S Honor Program.
Nominated by UW-Madison for the Carnegie Fellows Program
2015 Distinguished Honors Faculty Awards from the L&S Honor Program
Honored Instructor Award, UW-Madison Division of Housing
Winnick Fellow, Committee on Conscience, U.S. Memorial Holocaust Museum
United States Institute for Peace Grant, 2010 Annual Competition
Romnes Faculty Fellow - UW Madison Graduate School