Professor Ben Kiernan is the Whitney Griswold Professor of History at Yale University, and the founding Director of Yale’s Genocide Studies Program. For more than thirty years, Professor Kiernan has studied and written about genocide and crimes against humanity. He founded the Cambodian Genocide Program at the MacMillan Center in 1994 to document the crimes of Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge regime and pursue justice for its victims. His recent book –Blood and Soil, a World History of Genocide and Extermination from Sparta to Darfur is another important achievement. It is the first global history of genocide, and in it Professor Kiernan examines outbreaks of mass violence from the classical era to the present.