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Global & Area Studies


Nevin Aiken

Assistant Professor of Political Science and Global & Area Studies
Ph.D. University of British Columbia
B.A., M.A. University of Western Ontario

Office: Arts & Sciences Bldg, 221B

Nevin Aiken is a trained political scientist who divides his time between Global & Area Studies and the Department of Political Science. His specialty is on the impact of transitional justice interventions on processes of post-conflict reconciliation in deeply divided societies. In addition to his work within the field of transitional justice, Aiken’s research interests include the social and psychological dynamics of conflict and peacebuilding, particularly in terms of the genesis of acts of mass atrocity (such as genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and other gross human rights violations) as well as the processes by which societies can recover from such violence. His first book, Identity, Reconciliation and Transitional Justice: Overcoming Intractability in Deeply Divided Societies (2013) examined Northern Ireland and South Africa in comparative perspective. He is now examining the legacy of colonial genocide in Namibia.



Aiken, Nevin T., 2013. Identity, Reconciliation, and Transitional Justice: Overcoming Intractability in Divided Societies New York: Routledge Press.

Aiken, Nevin T., 2013 "Rethinking in Divided Societies: A Social Learning Model of Transitional Justice," in Transitional Justice Theories (Suzanne Buckley-Zistel, Teresa Koloma Beck, Christian Braun, and Friderke Mieth, eds) Oxford: Routledge Press, 40-65

Refereed Journal Articles

Aiken, Nevin T., 2010, “Learning to Live Together: Transitional Justice and Intergroup
Reconciliation in Northern Ireland,” International Journal of Transitional Justice 4.2.

Aiken, Nevin T., 2009, “The (Re)construction of a Culture of Human Rights: Transitional Justice
and Human Security,” Human Security Journal 8:10.

Aiken, Nevin T., 2008, “Post-Conflict Peacebuilding and the Politics of Identity: Insights for
Restoration and Reconciliation in Transitional Justice,” Peace Research 40:2.

Aiken, Nevin T., 2015, "The Bloody Sunday Inquiry: Transitional Justice and Post-Conflict Reconciliation in Northern Ireland," Journal of Human Rights. Volume 14.1, 101-123.

Regular Classes

POLS/INST 2310 Introduction to International Relations
POLS 4870/5870 Seminar: Comparative Genocide
POLS/INST 4375/5375 Transitional Justice
POLS/INST 4710/5710 International Relations Theory
POLS/INST 4360/5360 International Peace & Conflict Studies

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