Dr. Alex Hinton has been selected to receive the 2022 Anthropology in Media Award (AIME). This honor is reserved for persons who have “raised public awareness of anthropology and have had a broad and sustained public impact at local, national, and international level.”
Dr. Hinton is a Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, Director of the Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights, and UNESCO Chair in Genocide Prevention at Rutgers University, Newark. His impressive body of work has communicated the importance of anthropology to the larger public and facilitated increased visibility of the discipline. He is the award-winning author or editor of seventeen books, including, most recently, It Can Happen Here: White Power and the Rising Threat of Genocide in the US (NYU, 2021), The Justice Facade: Trials of Transition in Cambodia (Oxford, 2018), and Man or Monster? The Trial of a Khmer Rouge Torturer (Duke, 2016). In 2009, he received the American Anthropological Association’s Robert B. Textor and Family Prize for Excellence in Anticipatory Anthropology “for his groundbreaking 2005 ethnography Why Did They Kill? Cambodia in the Shadow of Genocide, for path-breaking work in the anthropology of genocide, and for developing a distinctively anthropological approach to genocide.” He has two forthcoming books, Perpetrators: Encountering Humanity’s Dark Side (Stanford, 2023) and Anthropological Witness: Lessons from the Khmer Rouge Tribunal (Cornell, 2022), which centers on his 2016 experience testifying as an expert witness at the Khmer Rouge tribunal in Cambodia.