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Frank Chalk, PhD

Professor, History

Frank Chalk, PhD

Professor Chalk has previously taught at Texas A & M University and was a Fulbright Professor at the University of Ibadan (Nigeria). In January and February 2001, he was a Fellow of the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. His research interests include the history of genocide and humanitarian intervention, radio broadcasting in the incitement and prevention of genocide, genocide and international law, modern American foreign policy, and the history of Africa. His publications include The History and Sociology of Genocide: Analyses and Case Studies (with Kurt Jonassohn), as well as chapters in various books and articles in The Canadian Journal of African Studies and Holocaust and Genocide Studies. He is currently writing a book on radio broadcasting and genocide, articles on the origins and interpretations of the UK genocide act of 1969, and papers on American foreign policy and genocide prevention. Professor Chalk is a former president of the Canadian Association of African Studies and the International Association of Genocide Scholars.


B.S. Wisconsin, M.S.Wisconsin, Ph.D. Wisconsin

Teaching activities

Courses 2022/2023

HIST 359/A Section A
The History and Sociology of Genocide from Ancient Times to 1945

Recent publications

“Le Service hongrois de la BBC et le sauvetage des juifs de Hongrie,” a chapter in the book, La résistance aux génocides. De la pluralité des actes de sauvetage, Jacques Semelin, Claire Andrieu, Sarah Gensburger (eds.) (Paris: Presses de Sciences Po, 2008), pp. 295-315. (published in English as Resisting Genocide: The Multiple Forms of Rescue by Columbia University Press, November 2010)

With Kyle Matthews, Roméo Dallaire, Carla Barquiero, and Simon Doyle, Mobilizing the Will to Intervene: Leadership to Prevent Mass Atrocities (McGill-Queen’s University Press, September 2010).  xxii and 191 pages.

Frank Chalk, "Monitoring African Governments' Domestic Media to Predict and Prevent Mass Atrocities: Opportunities and Obstacles," pp. 220-238 in Robert Rotberg (editor), Mass Atrocity Crimes: Preventing Future Outrages (Brookings Institution Press in association with the Harvard Kennedy School Program on Intrastate Conflict and the World Peace Foundation, 2010), pp. 220-238.

With Danielle Kelton, “Mass Atrocity Crimes in Darfur and the Response of Government of Sudan Media to International Pressure,” chapter 5 in Crisis in Darfur, Amanda Grzyb, ed. (McGill-Queens University Press, 2009), pp. 112-151.

"Hate Radio in Rwanda," a chapter contributed to the book, The Path of A Genocide: The Rwanda Crisis from Uganda to Zaire, Howard Adelman and Astri Suhrke, eds., pp. 93-107 and Bibliography. New York and London: Transaction Publishers, 1999.

"Radio Broadcasting in the Incitement and Interdiction of Gross Violations of Human Rights, including Genocide," a chapter contributed to the book, Genocide: Essays Toward Understanding, Early Warning and Prevention, Roger Smith, editor, pp. 85-103. Williamsburg, Virginia: Association of Genocide Scholars, Department of Government, College of William and Mary, 1999.

With Kurt Jonassohn. "Genozid-Ein historischer Überblick," in Genozid und Moderne, vol. 1, Leske and Budrich, eds. (Bochum: Opladen, 1997), pp. 1-13.

"Le Rwanda dans l'histoire du génocide," in François Bugingo, ed., La Mission au Rwanda: Entretiens avec le général Guy Tousignant (Montréal: Liber, 1997), pp. 245-255.

Chalk, Frank, "Genocide and Humanitarian Intervention," Proceedings of the IInd World Congress on Violence and Human Coexistence, July 12-17, 1992. Roughly 15 double-spaced pages. 1995.

"Redefining Genocide," in George Andreopoulos, editor, Genocide: Conceptual and Historical Dimensions (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1994). pp. 47-63.

With Kurt Jonassohn, The History and Sociology of Genocide: Analyses and Case Studies. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1990. 461 pp.

"Definitions of Genocide and Their Implications for Prediction and Prevention." Holocaust and Genocide Studies, vol. 4, no. 2, 1989. pp. 149-160.

"The Anatomy of an Investment: Firestone's l927 Loan to Liberia," Canadian Journal of African Studies, vol. l (March l967), 12-32.

"Du Bois and Garvey Confront Liberia," Canadian Journal of African Studies, vol. l (November l967), l35-l42.

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