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Kevin Avruch

Henry Hart Rice Professor of Conflict Resolution and Professor of Anthropology

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  • 703-993-3607 (office)
  • Arlington: Vernon Smith Hall, 5106A
    3351 North Fairfax Drive, MS 4D3
    Arlington, VA 22201

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Kevin Avruch is the Henry Hart Rice Professor of Conflict Resolution and Professor of Anthropology at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, and faculty and senior fellow in the Peace Operations Policy Program (School of Public Policy), at George Mason University. Avruch was the Dean of S-CAR from 2013 to 2019.He received his A.B. from the University of Chicago and M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California at San Diego. He has taught at UCSD, the University of Illinois at Chicago and, since 1980, at GMU, where he served as Coordinator of the Anthropology Program in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology from 1990-1996. From 2005-2008 he served as Associate Director of S-CAR.

Professor Avruch has published more than sixty-five articles and essays and is author or editor of seven books, including Critical Essays on Israeli Society, Religion, and Government (1997), Culture and Conflict Resolution (1998) Information Campaigns for Peace Operations (2000), Context and Pretext in Conflict Resolution: Culture, Identity, Power and Practice (2012), and Conflict Resolution and Human Needs: Linking Theory and Practice (2013, with C.R. Mitchell). His other writings include articles and essays on culture theory and conflict analysis and resolution, theorizing power and practice, third party processes, cross-cultural negotiation, nationalist and ethnoreligious social movements, human rights, and politics and society in contemporary Israel. Professor Avruch has lectured widely in the United States and abroad. He spent the 1996-1997 academic year as senior fellow in the Jennings Randolph Program for International Peace at the United States Institute for Peace. He was the Joan B. Kroc Peace Scholar at the Kroc School of Peace Studies, University of San Diego in Spring 2009, and he was a Fulbright Specialist at the Malaviya Peace Research Centre, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India, in December 2011.

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 theorizing power in asymmetric conflicts and conflict resolution.


PhD, Anthropology, University of California San Diego (1978)

MA, Anthropology, University of California San Diego (1973)

AB, Anthropology, University of Chicago (1972)

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Faculty Rank: Professor

Honors & Awards

Fulbright Specialist Grantee, Banaras Hindu University

December 1, 2011

Joan B. Kroc Peace Scholar, University of San Diego

January 19, 2009

Professional Affiliations

Media Appearance

Virginia State Legislature S-CAR honored by Del. Mark Sickles in introduction to Virginia House of Delegates

February 20, 2017

In the News

Open letter to President-elect Trump and government officials at all level

Published on November 30, 2016

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After a career of peacebuilding in the Middle East, Mason PhD student finds there is still more to learn

Published on July 7, 2016

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Robert C. Koehler: Healthy conflict creates resilient communities

Published on April 18, 2016

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Creating Resilient Communities

Published on April 14, 2016

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Presentations & Performances

Next Steps towards Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Resolution: The Role of Incentives for Peace

Nov 16 2016 | Metropolitan Building

Dissertation Defense -- Afghanistan: Between State-building and the Global War on Terrorism (2001-2006)

Apr 25 2012 | Arlington Truland Building