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

Luft, Aliza. “Sacred Treason: Why Catholic Bishops Defected From Vichy to Save Jews During the Holocaust." Under contract with Harvard University Press. 

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Luft, Aliza and Sue Thomson. 2021. “Race, Nation, and Resistance to State Symbolic Power in Rwanda Since the 1994 Genocide.” Global Historical Sociology of Race and Racism, Political Power and Social Theory. 38: 105-134

Luft, Aliza. 2020.  “How Do You Repair A Broken World? Conflict(ing) Archives after the 

Holocaust.” Qualitative Sociology. 43: 317-343.

  • 2021 Outstanding Published Article Award, ASA Peace War and Social Conflict Section.


Luft, Aliza. 2020. “Religion in Vichy France: How Meso-Level Actors Contribute to Authoritarian Legitimation.” European Journal of Sociology. 61(1): 67-101.

  • 2021 Distinguished Article Award, Honorable Mention, ASA Sociology of Religion Section.

Luft, Aliza. 2020. “Theorizing Moral Cognition: Culture in Action, Situations, and Relationships.” Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World. 6: 1-15.

  • Essay summarizing argument published in ASA Footnotes Special Issue on COVID-19.

  • Op-Ed summarizing findings published in SSRC Ideas; featured in The New York Times: What We’re Reading Now.

Luft, Aliza. 2020. "Three Stories and Three Questions about Participation in Genocide.” Journal of Perpetrator Research. 3(1): 196–206.


Luft, Aliza. 2019. “The Contribution of Social Movement Theory to Understanding Genocide: Evidence from Rwanda.” Contention: The Journal of Social & 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.​​​​​​​​​

  • Featured twice in The New York Times.

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

Book Chapters, Book Reviews, Essays, and Encyclopedia Entries

Luft, Aliza. 2021. “Religion, Authoritarianism, and The Normalization of Violence Against Jews in France: A Bourdieusian Approach.” In A Response Delayed: Social Science and The Holocaust, eds. Jeffrey S. Kopstein, Jelena Subotić, and Susan Welch. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press. (Forthcoming.)


Luft, Aliza. 2021. “An Ordinary Tale of Solidarity and Survival? Reflections on Jacques Sémelin’s The Survival of the Jews in France, 1940–44.” In Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies, 39(2): 280-286.

Luft, Aliza. 2020. "Citizen Reporting as Social Control." Review Essay, "Judge Thy Neighbor: Denunciations in the Spanish Inquisition, Romanov Russia, and Nazi Germany." By Patrick Bergemann. New York: Columbia University Press, 2019. In American Journal of Sociology. 126(2): 453-458. 

Luft, Aliza. 2020. Luft, Aliza. “Culture, Crisis, and Morality.” Footnotes, ASA monthly newsletter, special issue on COVID-19. 48:3.

Luft, Aliza. 2020. “Interdisciplinary Travels.” Reflections on Historical Sociology and Political Science. In Trajectories Newsletter of the ASA Comparative-Historical Sociology Section and APSA Comparative Politics Newsletter.

Luft, Aliza. 2018. War, Women, and Power: From Violence to Mobilization in Rwanda and Bosnia Herzegovina. New York: Cambridge University Press. By Marie Berry. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2018. In Mobilization: An International Quarterly. 23(4): 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(2): 41-43.

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.

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

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.)

Works in Progress

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: ASA Peace, War, and Social Conflict Section.

Luft, Aliza. "Moral Shifting and Decision-Making About Violence."

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.”