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Peter Uvin


Departmental affiliation: Political Science


I have written extensively on development, food, NGO scaling up, and the intersection between human rights, development, and conflict resolution. My area of interest is mainly Africa, and especially Burundi and Rwanda. I have been a frequent consultant to bilateral and multilateral agencies working in Africa on these very same issues; indeed, the desire to bridge theory and practice is at the very heart of my work. My 1998 book “Aiding Violence: The Development Enterprise in Rwanda” won the Herskovits Award for the most outstanding book on Africa. In 2006/7, I received a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship, which led to my latest book “Life after Violence. A People’s History of Burundi.” My other books include "The International Organization of Hunger" and “Development and Human Rights.” I have published articles in journals as varied as International Studies Quarterly, Comparative Politics, Nature, Environment, Nutrition Reviews, African Studies Quarterly, and Human Organization.