Luft, Aliza, with Steve Hitlin and Shai Dromi. (Eds.) “Handbook of The Sociology of 
Morality.” Under contract with Springer Publishing. Forthcoming. 

Luft, Aliza. “Sacred Treason: How Catholic Bishops Defected From Vichy to Save Jews During the Holocaust." In Process. 

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Luft, Aliza. “Theorizing Moral Cognition: Culture in Action, Situations, and Relationships.” Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World. Forthcoming. 

Luft, Aliza. “How Meso-Level Actors Contribute to Authoritarian Legitimation: The Case of Vichy France.” European Journal of Sociology. Forthcoming.

Luft, Aliza. “Three Stories and Three Questions About Participation in Genocide.” Journal of Perpetrator Research. Forthcoming.

Luft, Aliza and Sue Thomson. “Unmaking Race, Making Nation? Evaluating the Construction and Deconstruction of Social Categories in Rwanda.” Political Power and Social Theory. Forthcoming.

Luft, Aliza. “Resurrection: Victims’ Conflict Archives and the Holocaust in France.” Qualitative Sociology. Forthcoming.

Luft, Aliza. (2019). “The Contribution of Social Movement Theory to Understanding Genocide: Evidence from Rwanda.” Contention: The Journal of Social and Political Protest. 7(2): 1-30.

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 (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, MMC News, and Political Science Now. 

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

Public Sociology

Luft, Aliza (2019). “Dehumanization and The Normalization of Violence: It’s Not What You Think.” Social Science Research Council, Items Digital Forum.Featured in The New York Times, “What We’re Reading Now.”

Luft, Aliza (2019). “Dual-Process Theories of Morality and Their Implications for Research on Genocide.Inference Magazine.

Luft, Aliza (2019). “On Cruelty.” Interview for The Why Factor: BBC Podcast in Collaboration with American Public Media.

Luft, Aliza (2019). “The U.S. Holocaust Museum is wrong to deny that Trump’s racism resembles Nazism.” Interview in The L.A. Times.

Luft, Aliza (2018). “Threat and Mobilization in Vichy France.” In Mobilizing Ideas.

Luft, Aliza (2018). “The Root of Violence.” Letter in The New Yorker.

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

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

Book Chapters, Book Reviews, Essays, and Encyclopedia Entries

Luft, Aliza (2018). War, Women, and Power: From Violence to Mobilization in Rwanda and BosniaHerzegovina. New York: Cambridge University PressBy Marie Berry. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2018. In Mobilization: An International Quarterly. 23, no. 4, pp. 531-541.

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: e41-e43.

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 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, with Molly Fee and Lisa Baranik. "Uprooted and Unwanted: The struggles and strategies of refugees from majority-Muslim countries to the United States."

Luft, Aliza, with Emily LeRoux-Rutledge and Jessica Corsi. "Can the law prevent media stereotyping that contributes to violence? The contemporary refugee crisis as a case study."

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

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