Ernesto Verdeja is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Peace Studies in the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and the Department of Political Science. He is also the Director of Undergraduate Peace Studies. His research focuses on large-scale political violence (genocide and mass atrocities), transitional justice, forgiveness and reconciliation, and trials, truth commissions, apologies, and reparations. Other interests include contemporary political theory, particularly democratic and critical theory, and the Frankfurt School.
He is also the Executive Director of the Institute for the Study of Genocide, a non-profit organization founded in 1982 to promote research and policy analysis on the causes and prevention of genocide and political violence. Verdeja has served two terms on the Advisory Board of the International Association of Genocide Scholars, a worldwide scholarly association devoted to the study and prevention of genocide, and he regularly consults on political violence issues with various government agencies and nongovernmental organizations.
At Notre Dame, Verdeja is a faculty fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, the Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development, and the Center for the Study of Social Movements, and a faculty affiliate at the Nanovic Institute for European Studies and the Klau Center for Civil and Human Rights.
Ernesto was the recipient of the Arts & Letters Sheedy Excellence in Teaching Award in 2018.