Kevin Avruch is currently Affiilate Professor and Senior Fellow, Program on Peacekeeping Policy; Dean, School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution; and faculty and senior fellow in the Peace Operations Policy Program (Schar School of Policy and Government), at George Mason University. He has taught at UCSD, the University of Illinois at Chicago and, since 1980, at George Mason, where he served as Coordinator of the Anthropology Program in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology from 1990-1996. He was Associate Director of ICAR, 2005-2008.
Professor Avruch has published more than fifty articles and essays and is author or editor of five books, Critical Essays on Israeli Society, Religion, and Government (1997), Culture and Conflict Resolution (1998) and Information Campaigns for Peace Operations (2000). His other writings include articles and essays on culture theory and conflict analysis and resolution, third party processes, cross-cultural negotiation, nationalist and ethnoreligious social movements, human rights, and politics and society in contemporary Israel. Professor Avruch has been book review editor of the journal Anthropological Quarterly, and serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Political and Military Sociology, Social Justice, and the University of Pennsylvania Press monograph series The Ethnography of Political Violence. Professor Avruch has lectured widely in the United States and abroad, and his work has been recognized by the International Association of Conflict Management and the United States Institute of Peace, where he spent the 1996-1997 academic year as senior fellow in the Jennings Randolph Program for International Peace.
Professor Avruch is currently working on projects investigating sources of political violence in protracted conflicts, the role of human rights and truth and reconciliation commissions in postconflict peacebuilding, and cultural aspects of complex humanitarian and peacekeeping operations.
- Conflict Analysis and Resolution
- Nationalist and Ethnoreligious Social Movements
- Politics and Society in Contemporary Israel