Peter Uvin is Provost and Professor of Political Science at Amherst College. Prior to joining Amherst College, he was Academic Dean and Henry J. Leir Professor of International Humanitarian Studies at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University; he was also the founding director of its Institute for Human Security. He is the author of four books and tens of articles dealing with development aid and its relation to human rights and conflict, war in the African Great Lakes region, NGO scaling up, and hunger and food aid.
His most well known book is “Aiding Violence. The Development Enterprise in Rwanda,” which received the African Studies Association’s Herskowits award for the most outstanding book on Africa in 1998. His subsequent book,Development and human rights (2004), took this argument further in a normative direction. In 2006, he was awarded a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship to analyze young people’s lives in post-transition Burundi. This led to his latest book “Life after Violence. A People’s History of Burundi.“ (2008)