B. Madley 'An American Genocide' named 2017 Raphael Lemkin Book Award Winner

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The Institute for the Study of Genocide (ISG) is pleased to announce that Benjamin Madley’s ‘An American Genocide: The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe' (Yale, 2016) is the winner of the 2017 Raphael Lemkin Book Award.
The biennial award is for the best nonfiction work that focuses on explanations of genocide, crimes against humanity, state mass killings and gross violations of human rights, and strategies to prevent such crimes and violations.

The award committee chose ‘An American Genocide’ for its meticulous and exhaustive research, theoretical sophistication, and focus on bringing to light an important case of genocide that has received little attention in research and broader public discourse.

A public talk by Professor Madley and award ceremony will be held on October 17, 2017 at Cardozo Law School, New York City. Details will be posted soon.   

The outstanding list of 2017 finalists for the Lemkin Award included:

•    Max Bergholz, Violence as a Generative Force: Identity, Nationalism and Memory in a Balkan Community(Cornell, 2016)
•    Alexander L. Hinton, Man or Monster? The Trial of a Khmer Rouge Torturer (Duke, 2016)
•    Scott Straus, Making and Unmaking Nations: War, Leadership, and Genocide in Modern Africa (Cornell, 2015)
•    Ronald Grigor Suny, They Can Live in the Desert but Nowhere Else: A History of the Armenian Genocide (Princeton, 2015)
•    Andrew Woolford, This Benevolent Experiment: Indigenous Boarding Schools, Genocide, and Redress in Canada and the United States (Nebraska, 2015)

More information can be found here: http://studyofgenocide.org/lemkin/.

Ernesto Verdeja
Executive Director
Institute for the Study of Genocide

Associate Professor of Political Science and Peace Studies
University of Notre Dame