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Alex Alvarez earned his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of New Hampshire in 1991 and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at Northern Arizona University. Presently he is the director of the Martin-Springer Institute for Teaching the Holocaust, Tolerance, and Humanitarian Values. His main areas of study have been in the areas of minorities, crime, and criminal justice, and the areas of collective and interpersonal violence. He has published on Native Americans, Latinos, and African Americans, fear of crime, sentencing, as well as on justifiable and criminal homicide, and genocide. His scholarship has appeared in edited volumes and in a range of journals including Social Science History, The Journal of Criminal Justice, and Sociological Imagination. His first book, Governments, Citizens, and Genocide was published by Indiana University Press. His second book, Murder American Style is currently scheduled to be released in the summer of 2002. He has also served as an editor for the journal Violence and Victims, and has been invited to present his research in various countries such as Austria, Bosnia, Canada, and Germany.

Publications available on IDEA:

Justifying Genocide: The Role of Professionals in Legitimizing Mass Killing