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Public Sociology

Luft, Aliza. 2020. “Vichy’s Family Separation Policy, and Our Own.” Blog post published on Scatterplot.

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. 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

Luft, Aliza, Senka Filipović, Kellea Miller and Irene Schneeweis. 2015. Western Balkans LGBTI: Landscape Analysis of Political, Economic and Social Conditions. Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice with USAID.

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

Other Media (Appearances, quotes, etc.)

‘Great replacement theory’ and its deep roots in America.” NPR, 05/22/2022.

"Recreating a Family’s Lost Holocaust History, Step by Step." New York Times, 03/01/2022.

"Scholars Issue Statement Objecting to Russia’s Use of “Denazification” to Justify Ukraine Invasion." Jewish Journal, 02/26/2022.

Across the US, families are having tough talks about racism.” LA Times, 06/19/20.

Opening of 'Hitler's Pope' Archive May Shed More Light on Roles of Vatican and Pius XII During World War II.” Newsweek, 02/23/20.

New UCLA institute will study — and spread — kindness.” LA Times, 09/25/19.

The Interpreter: What We're Reading.” New York Times, 09/06/19.

The U.S. Holocaust Museum is wrong to deny that Trump’s racism resembles Nazism.” LA Times, 07/15/19.

An Open Letter to the Director of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum.” New York Review of Books, 7/1/19.

The Treatment of Migrants Likely ‘Meets the Definition of a Mass Atrocity.” NY Times, 06/29/19.

University of Chicago's Interdisciplinary Conference on Violence.” Chicago Policy Review, 2/18/19.

'You take a life, you’re going to go through something.'” Chicago Tribune, 2/15/18.

Here’s what social science tells us about that migrant ‘caravan’ — and the Trump administration’s response.” Washington Post, 10/23/18.


Remembering Rwanda.” Daily Maverick, 05/7/18.

UCLA professors launch website to help students affected by travel ban.” The Daily Bruin, 2/17/17.

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