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Peter Uvin, Ph.D.



Fletcher Academic Dean Peter Uvin, founding director of the Institute for Human Security and the Henry J. Leir Professor of International Humanitarian Studies The Fletcher School, will became the first provost of Amherst College, a role that he assumed in November 2012. He has written extensively on the intersection between human rights, development, and conflict resolution. He has been a frequent consultant to agencies working in Africa on these same issues. His 1998 book “Aiding Violence: The Development Enterprise in Rwanda” won the Herskovits Award for the most outstanding book on Africa. In 2006/7, he received a Guggenheim Fellowship, which led to his latest book “Life after Violence. A People’s History of Burundi” (2008). He also wrote a book on “Development and Human Rights” (2004). Dr. Uvin obtained his Licenses in Diplomatic Science and in Political Science from the University of Ghent and his PhD in Political Science from Institut Universitaire de Hautes Etudes Internationales, University of Geneva.