Ernesto Verdeja

Political Science

O316 Hesburgh Center For International Studies
Notre Dame, IN 46556

Associate Professor of Political Science and Peace Studies

  • Ways disinformation and fake news can be predictors of violence (physical, structural, hate speech, etc.) and mass atrocities
  • Political violence
  • Transitional justice
  • Forgiveness and reconciliation


Verdeja in the News

When does atrocity rise to the level of genocide?

“The question is, do the Russians intend to destroy Ukrainian identity as a national group, which would qualify under genocide law?” says Ernesto Verdeja, who teaches political science and peace studies at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana.

Accountability for alleged war crimes in Ukraine likely a long way off

"(Investigations) take a long time because the evidentiary and judicial requirements are very, very high and they are extremely complex cases," said Ernesto Verdeja, executive director of the Institute for the Study of Genocide and associate professor of law at the University of Notre Dame.

"Murderer dictator": Biden raises the tone against Putin and other US officials join the voices of condemnation


Associate Professor of Political Science and Peace Studies Ernesto Verdeja is interviewed re: Ukraine and war crimes.

Experts say there's clear cut evidence of war crimes in Ukraine, but building a case against Putin will take years and it's unlikely he'll ever face justice

Hannah Garry, the director of the University of Southern California's International Human Rights Clinic, and Ernesto Verdeja, an associate professor at the University of Notre Dame, said the International Criminal Court is the most likely venue to prosecute Putin for war crimes. 

US sees genocides against Uyghurs and Armenians but consistency elusive

Ernesto Verdeja, an expert on genocide at the University of Notre Dame, said that general conceptions of genocide remained firmly tied to the specifics of the Holocaust, even though the legal definition is more universal.