Malaviya Centre for Peace Research
UNESCO Chair for Peace and Intercultural Understanding
Banaras Hindu University
Senior Fulbright Scholar at MCPR (2011),
Henry Hart Rice Professor of Conflict Resolution Professor of Anthropology
Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution
Faculty and Senior Fellow in the Peace Operations Policy Program (School of Public Policy)
George Mason University, USA
Areas of Research:
Conflict Analysis and Resolution
Nationalist and Ethno religious Social Movements
Politics and Society in Contemporary Israel
Systematization of Natural Resource Policy Development in Central America
Ecotourism and its Role in Rural Development
Interaction and Interrelation of Policies from Different Sectors
The Use of Economic Instruments for Biodiversity Conservation
Kevin Avruch is currently Professor of Conflict Resolution and Anthropology in the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (ICAR), and faculty and senior fellow in the Peace Operations Policy Program (School of Public Policy), 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 ethno religious 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 post conflict peace building, and cultural aspects of complex humanitarian and peacekeeping operations.