PUBLICATIONS

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

Luft, Aliza (2015). “Toward a Dynamic Theory of Action at the Micro-Level of Genocide: Killing, Desistance, and Saving in 1994 Rwanda.” Sociological Theory. 33(2):148-172.
     *2015 Candace Rogers Best Student Paper Award, Eastern Sociological Society
     *2015 Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award, Honorable Mention, Collective Behavior and Social        Movements Section, American Sociological Association
      *Op-Ed summarizing findings published in The Washington Post; reposted on RwandaWire.com, MMC News, and Political Science Now.

Luft, Aliza (2015). “Genocide as Contentious Politics.” Sociology Compass. 9(10): 897-909.

Public Sociology

Luft, Aliza (2018). How Dangerous Is It When Trump Calls Some Immigrants 'Animals'? Op-Ed published in The Washington Post.

Luft, Aliza (2018). “What We, As Citizens, Can Do To Fight Genocide.” Op-Ed published in The Washington Post.

Luft, Aliza (2016). “What Vichy France Can Teach Us About the Normalization of State Violence.” Blog post published on Scatterplot. 

Luft, Aliza (2015). "Once a killer, always a killer? Here are 4 lessons about stopping mass violence." Op-Ed published in The Washington Post.

Luft, Aliza (2015). “Questions of Complicity: France and the Nazi Occupation.” Videotaped interview for Facing History and Ourselves. 

Luft, Aliza (2015). Past and Present in France: Don’t Give Them What They Want.” Article published on Political Violence at a Glance.

Luft, Aliza (2015). “Not Just Victims and Perpetrators: Understanding Rwanda’s Genocide Twenty Years-On.” Article published on Political Violence at a Glance. 

Acar, Taylan, Robert Chiles, Garrett Grainger, Aliza Luft, Rahul Mahajan, João Peschanski, Chelsea Schelly, Jason Turowetz, and Ian F. Wall. (2011). “Inside the Wisconsin Occupation.” Contexts. 10(3): 50-55.

Luft, Aliza (2011). “Another Look at Rwanda.” Footnotes, ASA monthly newsletter. 39:7. 

Luft, Aliza (2010). “Genocide: What’s in a Name?” Article published on salon.com

Luft, Aliza (2010). “Increasing Political Violence in Rwanda.” Article published on salon.com

Book Chapters, Book Reviews, Essays, and Encyclopedia Entries

Luft, Aliza (2018). The Roots of Ethnic Cleansing in Europe. By H. Zeynep Bulutgil. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016. In The Journal of Politics. 80, no. 2 (April 2018): e41-e43.

Luft, Aliza (2017). “Has the 2016 Election Institutionalized Systemic Social Exclusion and Violence in America—and Perhaps Paved the Way for Authoritarianism and the Possible ‘Social Death’ of Groups Perceived as Undesirable to the New Administration in Washington?” Jewish Social Studies. 22(3): 203-211.

Luft, Aliza (2017). Who Counts? The Mathematics of Life and Death after Genocide. By Diane M. Nelson. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2015. In Contemporary Sociology. 46(3): 341-342.

Luft, Aliza (2016). “Women's and Feminist Activism in Eastern Africa.” The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies, eds: Nancy Naples, Renee C. Hoogland, Maithree Wickramasinghe, & Angela Wong. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing.

Luft, Aliza (2016). LGBT Activism in Eastern Africa.” The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies, eds: Nancy Naples, Renee C. Hoogland, Maithree Wickramasinghe, & Angela Wong. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing.

Luft, Aliza (2015). “A Train in Winter: An Extraordinary Story of Women, Friendship, and Resistance in Occupied France.” In Mobilizing Ideas.

Luft, Aliza (2009). Teacher’s Accompaniment. Racial Domination, Racial Progress: The Sociology of Race in America. Matthew Desmond, Mustafa Emirbayer. McGraw Hill.

In Submission

Luft, Aliza. “Explaining French Bishops’ Support for the Statut des Juifs.” 
     *Best Graduate Student Paper Award, Association for the Study of Nationalities
     *Elise Boulding Best Graduate Student Paper Award: Peace, War, and Social Conflict Section, American Sociological       Association 

Luft, Aliza. “A Bourdieusian Approach to Explaining the Rise of Religious Nationalism in France, 1940-1942.”

Luft, Aliza and Erik Schneiderhan. “Dangerous Durkheim: Emil Durkheim and the Armenian Genocide.” (Revise and Resubmit, Journal of Classical Sociology).

In Preparation

Luft Aliza. “Killing in the Name: How Shifts in Social Perception Mediate Cognitive Responses to Violence.”

Luft, Aliza and Jocelyn Viterna. “The State of the Field of Women in War.” (Working title.)


Luft, Aliza and Susan Thompson. “Race No More? Analyzing Rwanda’s De-Racialization Campaign in the Wake of the 1994 Genocide.”

Luft, Aliza and Evgeny Finkel. “Sexualized Violence during the Holocaust.”