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Jeffrey Bachman

Professorial Lecturer School of International Service

Additional Positions at AU

  • Director, Ethics, Peace, and Human Rights Program
  • Society for Ethics, Peace, and Global Affairs Advisor
Jeff Bachman is a Professorial Lecturer in Human Rights and Director of the Ethics, Peace, and Human Rights MA Program. His research and teaching interests focus primarily on critical genocide studies. His first book, titled The United States and Genocide: (Re)Defining the Relationship, was published in November 2017 by Routledge as part of its Studies in Genocide and Crimes against Humanity series. The book challenges the dominant narrative that portrays the United States’ relationship with genocide as one defined, in part, by its failure to prevent genocide, rather than by its contributions to the commission of genocide. Jeff seeks to continue to contribute to the field of critical genocide studies by further analyzing the relationship between different forms of political violence, including genocide and war. His research also includes structural genocide—manifestations of genocide connected to systems of direct and indirect violence, such as land appropriation and environmental degradation, and economic and cultural imperialism. He received a book contract from Routledge for an edited volume on cultural genocide, which will include his contribution on international law, as well as other contributions from legal scholars, sociologists, and anthropologists on forced assimilation and settler colonialism, ecocide, cultural destruction, cultural resilience, and restorative justice.


PhD, Law and Public Policy, Northeastern University, M.A., Composition and Rhetoric, Rowan University, B.A., Business Management, Widener University

Favorite Spot on Campus
Favorite Place in Washington DC
Book Currently Reading
The Long Mars by Stephen Baxter and Terry Pratchett and Revolutionary Suicide by Huey Newton
Languages Spoken
Very basic Russian

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SIS-School of Intl Service
SIS - 213
Mondays 11:00-1:00; Thursdays 3:00-5:00; By Appointment
Contact Info
(202) 885-6826 (Office)

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See Also


  • Fall 2018

    • SISU-106 First Year Seminar: Genocide & Pol of Intl Law
    • Description
    • SISU-379 Topics Human Rgts/Iden/Culture: Human Rights and the Media
    • Description
  • Spring 2019

    • SIS-793 Practicum in Int'l Affairs: Human Rights & Pol Violence
    • Description

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Selected Publications

  * "The Lawfulness of Targeted Killing Operations Outside Afghanistan," Studies in Conflict and Terrorism. Available

The New York Times and Washington Post: Misleading the Public about US Drone Strikes," Journalism Studies. Available

Selected Publications

 The United States and Genocide: (Re)Defining the Relationship. Routledge Studies in Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity. Forthcoming 2018.

AU Expert

Area of Expertise:

U.S. foreign policy and human rights, genocide, counterterrorism and human rights, media coverage of human rights, drones, torture, human rights law

Additional Information:

Jeff Bachman focuses his research on genocide, counterterrorism and human rights, media coverage of human rights events, and state responsibility and individual accountability for violations of human rights law and international humanitarian law. He is especially interested in the misuse of the law as a political tool through its selective application and enforcement. Jeff has field experience working for Amnesty International in the Government Relations for Europe/Eurasia program.

Media Relations
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