“[A collection of] powerful stories related by some of the 25 contributors to Pioneers of Genocide Studies, edited by Samuel Totten and Steven Leonard Jacobs. These autobiographical accounts are extremely interesting, both because they allow insight into why the various scholars entered the field of genocide studies, and because they summarize many of the scholars’ key findings and intellectual preoccupations… [D]efining genocide—and equally, explaining what is not genocide—is very important, both in order to invoke the law of genocide as it now stands and to extend the umbrella of the law to those who ought to be protected by it, but are not… This inspirational volume will help… continue work in this stressful field.”
—Rhoda E. Howard-Hassmann, Journal of Genocide Research
"Will genocide ever end? No one can be sure, but if hope for a genocide-free world persists, considerable credit belongs to pioneers of genocide studies such as those represented in this informative book. Following in the footsteps of Raphael Lemkin, who coined the term genocide, the leading scholars who speak in these pages show not only how they became committed to genocide prevention but also what steps must be taken if genocide is to afflict humanity no more. Inspiring and instructive, Pioneers of Genocide Studies maps paths and policies that twenty-first century life urgently needs to take."
—John K. Roth, Russell K. Pitzer Professor of Philosophy, Claremont McKenna College and author, Holocaust Politics
"Sam Totten and Steve Jacobs have collected an astonishing array of scholars to reflect on their work in the area of genocide studies. Individually and collectively, these essays are alternately thoughtful, prophetic, enlightening, and moral. What reader could ask for more? Pioneers of Genocide Studies will help shape the lives and work of future scholars in this important and evolving field."
—Dr. Carol Rittner RSM, Distinguished Professor of Holocaust & Genocide Studies, The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey