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Maureen Hiebert

  • Senior Research Fellow
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Currently Teaching

Not currently teaching any courses.

Current Research

 

I am currently working on two research projects. One is a set of co-authored articles (with Joshua D. Goldstein) in which we use Hegel's understanding of the founding moment of modernity to draw a distinction between chronologically modern and ontologically modern genocides, illustrated in the Nazi Final Solution and the Cambodian genocide respectively. The second is a single-author book project in which I examine the role of law not in the prevention of genocide, but in its perpetration. Drawing on critical socio-legal theories, I seek to understand how the law legitimates group destruction both in terms of setting the stage for "extra-legal" mass violence genocides as well as cases of cultural genocide in settler societies. In the latter the law plays a leading role in the entire process of destruction as democratic governments wedded to the rule of law turn to the law itself to craft and enforce programs of forced assimilation legitimated as ?lawful? against groups defined under these same laws as ?deviant?.

Revise and Resubmit

None at present.

Under Review

(co-author Joshua D. Goldstein) "Hegel, Modernity, and Genocide: Theorizing the Ontology of Modern Exterminationist Violence". 

Refereed Publications

Book
2015 Constructions of Genocide and Mass Violence: Society, Crisis, Identity. Routledge Studies in Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity (London and New York: Routledge, forthcoming), 224 pages.
Journal Volumes Edited
2014 (co-edited with Henry Theriault) Genocide Studies International, Vol. 8, No. 2 Fall/September, 2014: 117?260.
Articles  
2014 (co-author Henry Theriault) "Editors' Introduction", Genocide Studies International, Vol. 8, No. 2, Fall/September, 2014: 117-121.
2011 "Mass Atrocity Response Operations (MARO) as Partial Operationalization of R2P"
Genocide Studies and Prevention: An International Journal. Vol. 6, No. 1 (Spring 2011), pp. 52?58.
2008 "Theorizing Destruction: Reflections on the State of Comparative Genocide Theory", Genocide Studies and Prevention: An International Journal, Vol. 3, No. 3 (Winter 2008), pp. 309?339.
2008 "The 'Three Switches' of Identity Construction in Genocide: The Nazi Final Solution and the Cambodian Killing Fields", Genocide Studies and Prevention: An International Journal, ­Vol. 3, No.1 (Spring 2008), pp. 5?29.
Chapters 
2013 "Questioning Boundaries: What's Old and What's New in Comparative Genocide Theory?, in Genocide Matters: Ongoing Issues and Emerging Perspectives, Joyce Apsel and Ernesto Verdeja (eds.) (Routledge, forthcoming April, 2013), Chapter 2.
2013 "Do Criminal Trials Prevent Genocide? A Critical Analysis", in Impediments to The Prevention and Intervention of Genocide, Samuel Totten (ed.) (New York: Transaction Press, 2013), Chapter 9.
2011 "The Role of Globalization in the Causes, Consequences, Prevention, and Punishment of Genocide", in Globalization and Human Rights in the Developing World, Derrick M. Nault and Shawn P. England (eds.) (Palgrave, 2011) pp. 193-222.
2009 "Genocide in Chile?: An Assessment", co-authored with Pablo Policzer, inState, Violence, and Genocide in Latin America: The Cold War Years, Marica Esparza, Henry R. Huttenback, and Daniel Feierstein (eds.) (New York, NY: Routledge, 2009), pp. 64?80.
Book Reviews 
2014 Review of Reducing Genocide To Law: Definition, Meaning, and the Ultimate Crime by Payam Akhavan in Canadian Yearbook of International Law (March 2014), pp. 666?671.
2006 Review of The Killing Trap: Genocide in the Twentieth Century by Manus Midlarsky in Ethics and International Affairs, Vol. 20, No. 4 (2006), pp. 533?534.
2005 Review of Gendercide and Genocide by Adam Jones (ed), on H-Net Reviews/H-Genocide (Sept. 2005).
2000 Review of Totalitarianism and the Modern Conception of Politics by Michael Halberstam in Canadian Foreign Policy Journal (Fall 2000).
Other Publications
 forthcoming  "From Political Scientist to Genocide Studies Scholar and Back Again" inScholars of Genocide Studies: New Generations, Samuel Totten (ed.) (New Brunswick, New Jersey: Transaction Press, forthcoming).

Works In Preparation

(Article) "From Principle to Practice: W2i, the Genocide Prevention Task Force Report, and the Political Operationalization of R2P"

(Article) "The Role of Law in the Perpetration of Genocide: Legitimation and the Definition of Deviance". First draft of manuscript is complete.

Recent Conference Presentations

2014 "The Role of Law in the Perpetration of Genocide: Legitimation and the Definition of Deviance", Conference of the International Association of Genocide Scholars, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, July 17?19, 2014.
2014 "R2P as National Security Thesis: Atrocity Prevention and the  'Goldilocks Problem", Annual Midwest Political Science Association National Conference Chicago, Illinois , U.S.A., April 3?6, 2014. Paper nominated by panel discussant for Best Paper in International Relations.
2013 "Modernity and the Logic of Exterminationist Terror: Rousseau, Hegel, and the Case of Cambodia Under the Khmer Rouge", co-author Joshua D. Goldstein, Prairie Political Science Association Conference, Banff, Alberta, Canada, September 13?15, 2013
2012 "Hegel, Genocide, and Modernity", co-authored Joshua D. Goldstein, Annual Meeting of the Western Political Science Association, Portland, Oregon, March 2012.
2011 "Comparative Genocide Theory: The Opportunities and Challenges of Multi/Interdisciplinarity", invited participant to a workshop at the Kroc Institute for collaboration on an edited book project Rethinking and Re-imagining Genocide Studies (tentative title), Joyce Apsel and Ernesto Verdeja (eds.) (Routledge), University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana, April 2011.
 2011 "W2i and MARO as the Political and Military Operationalization of R2P", Annual Meeting of the Western Political Science Association, San Antonio, Texas, April 2011.
2010 "Justice v Prevention: Criminal Trials, Deterrence, and Genocide Prevention", 68th Annual Midwest Political Science Association National Conference Chicago, Illinois, April 2010.
2010 "Justice v Prevention: Criminal Trials, Deterrence, and Genocide Prevention", Annual Meeting of the Western Political Science Association, San Francisco, California, April 2010.
2009 "Justice v Prevention: Criminal Trials, Deterrence, and Genocide Prevention", Seventh Biennial Conference of the International Association of Genocide Scholars, Arlington, Virginia, June 2009.
 2009 "Genocide in Chile? A Critical Assessment" with co-author Pablo Policzer, Annual General Meeting of the Western Political Science Association Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia, March 2009 (paper presented by co-author at the Annual General Meeting of the Latin America Studies Association, Rio de Janiero, Brazil, June 2009 and the Annual General Meeting of the International Political Science Association, Santiago, Chile, July 2009).
   

Thesis Supervisions

PhD Thesis Supervisions
 2014-present Sara Skinner, PhD dissertation on the failure of peacebuilding in Sudan and South Sudan
 2013-present Andrew Basso, PhD dissertation on the legacies of the residential school system on contemporary indigenous family services policy
MA Thesis Supervisions
2012-2013 (Co-Supervisor Dr. Pablo Policzer), Tobey Berriault, Unusual Suspects: Religion, Chieftaincy, and Post-Conflict Reintegration in Sierra Leone (MA Political Science)
2011-2012 Jessica De Castro, MA thesis on the role of the media in Rwanda in the sexual victimization of Tutsis women during the Rwandan genocide (MA Culture and Society)
BA Honours Thesis Supervisions
 2014-present Fabian Mayer, Honours thesis on the rise of rightist anti-immigration parties in the UK and Europe (BA Honours Political Science)
 2014-present Josh Roadhouse, Honours thesis on the effect of judicial review under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms on federal Attorneys General (BA Honours Political Science)
 2014-present (Co-Supervisor Dr. Rebecca Sullivan), Leah Schmidt, Honours thesis on the Miss Sarajevo beauty pageant as an act of resistance to sexual violence during the Bosnian war (BA Honours Women?s Studies)
 2013-2014 Tina Frimpong, Honours thesis on the harm to civilians of lawful armed conflict(BA Honours Law and Society)
 2013-2014 Cailean David, Honours thesis on the risk of a ?resource curse? in Ghana ( BA Honours Political Science)
 2013-2014 Kim Diep, Honours thesis on political protest and legitimacy in China (BA Honours Political Science)
 2011-2012 Jeffery Davidson, Honours thesis on conceptions of human rights and humanitarian intervention in the Rwandan genocide (BA Honours Law and Society)
 2011-2012 Lauren Montgomery, Honours thesis on transitions to democracy and the impact on minority rights in Russia, Poland, and Hungary (BA Honours Law and Society)
 2011-2012 Jaclyn Dorchak, Honours thesis on the human trafficking and victimization of migrant male workers in and from East-Central Europe (BA Honours Law and Society)

Degrees

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