David J. Simon

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David J. Simon (@djsimon7) is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Political Science at Yale University. Beginning in Fall 2022, He will be jointly appointed with the Yale Jackson School of Global Affairs. David serves as director of Yale’s Genocide Studies Program. He co-directs the program’s Mass Atrocities in the Digital Era project, which addresses how digital technology influences all aspects of contemporary mass atrocities. 

His research focuses on mass atrocity prevention and post-atrocity recovery, particularly (but not exclusively) in Africa. He has consulted for the United Nations Office of the Special Advisor for the Prevention of Genocide and serves on the executive committee of the Consortium of Higher Education Centers for Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Studies.

David holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Policy from Princeton University.

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