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Professor of International and Public Affairs
International Affairs Building, Room 803B


Focus areas: Historical Dialogue and Conflict Resolution

Elazar Barkan is Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, Director of SIPA's Human Rights and Humanitarian Policy Concentration, and Director of Columbia's Institute for the Study of Human Rights.

Barkan is also founding Director of the Institute for Historical Justice and Reconciliation (IHJR) in The Hague. Professor Barkan served on ISHR’s board of directors before becoming ISHR’s co-director in 2007 and director in 2008. Previously, Professor Barkan served as chair of the History Department and the Cultural Studies Department at the Claremont Graduate University, where he was the founding director of the Humanities Center. Professor Barkan is a historian by training and received his PhD from Brandeis University.

His research interests focus on human rights and on the role of history in contemporary society and politics and the response to gross historical crimes and injustices. His human rights work seeks to achieve conflict resolution and reconciliation by bringing scholars from two or more sides of a conflict together and employing historical methodology to create shared narratives across political divides and to turn historical dialogue into a fundamental tool of political reconciliation.  A recent pertinent article: “Historians and Historical Reconciliation,” (AHR Forum)  American Historical Review, (October 2009).  Professor Barkan's other current research interests include refugee repatriation, comparative analysis of historical commissions, shared sacred sites, and the question of human rights impact, specifically with regard to redress and transitional justice.

Barkan received his PhD from Brandeis University in Comparative European History and BA from Tel Aviv University.


Research & Publications

No Return, No Refuge: Rites and Rights in Minority Repatriation
Elazar Barkan
American Historical Review
Elazar Barkan
Beyond the Turnstile: Making the Case for Museums and Sustainable Values
Elazar Barkan
Selma Holo Mari-Tere Alvarez Donny George Youkhanna Maxwell L. Anderson Gary Matthews Jr. Carlos Monsivais Anthony Appiah David Wilson Jorge Wagensberg
Raritan - A Quarterly Review
Elazar Barkan