Dr. James Waller is a widely-recognized scholar in the field of Holocaust and genocide studies. He currently serves as Dean of Social Sciences and Cultural Studies at Spokane Falls Community College and is an Affiliated Scholar with the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation. He is the author of several books on race relations and genocide, the most recent of which is Becoming Evil: How Ordinary People Commit Genocide and Mass Killing. Waller has done briefings for the Department of State and the CIA, and was selected for the inaugural class of Carl Wilkins Fellows by the Genocide Intervention Network. He is an experienced lecturer and was an Inquiring Mind speaker from 1996-1998.
Whitney Griswold Professor of History
Professor of International and Area Studies
Director, Genocide Studies Program
Chair, Council on Southeast Asia Studies
Professor Kiernan obtained his Ph.D. from Monash University, Australia, in 1983. He is the author of Blood and Soil: A World History of Genocide and Extermination from Sparta to Darfur (2007), which won the 2008 gold medal for the best book in History awarded by the Independent Publishers association, and the U.S. German Studies Association’s 2009 Sybil Halpern Milton Memorial Book Prize for the best book published in 2007-2008 dealing with Nazi Germany and the Holocaust in its broadest context, covering the fields of history, political science, and other social sciences, literature, art, and photography. In June 2009, the book’s German translation,Erde und Blut: Völkermord und Vernichtung von der Antike bis heute, won first place in Germany’s Nonfiction Book of the Month Prize Die Sachbücher des Monats, sponsored bySüddeutsche Zeitung and NDR Kultur.
He was founding Director of the Cambodian Genocide Program (1994-99) and Convenor of the Yale East Timor Project (2000-02). Kiernan's edited collection Conflict and Change in Cambodiawon the Critical Asian Studies Prize for 2002, and was republished as a book in 2006. He is also the editor of Genocide and Democracy in Cambodia: The Khmer Rouge, the United Nations, and the International Community (1993), and Burchett: Reporting the Other Side of the World, 1939-1983 (1986), and co-editor of Revolution and Its Aftermath in Kampuchea (1983), Pol Pot Plans the Future: Confidential Leadership Documents from Democratic Kampuchea, 1976-1977 (1988), and The Specter of Genocide: Mass Murder in Historical Perspective (2003).