David J. Simon is a Lecturer in the Department of Political Science at Yale University, as well as the Associate Director of Yale’s Genocide Studies Program and the Director of that program’s Rwandan Genocide Project. He also serves on the Yale Council for African Studies, including as the interim Director of Graduate Study for 2012-13. He has served as a consultant for the United Nations Office of the Special Assistant to Prevent Genocide since 2010.
Dr. Simon’s work addresses international efforts to prevent mass atrocities, as well as the political challenges of post-conflict situations, particularly in Africa. He graduated from Princeton University in 1991 with a bachelor’s degree in public policy. He earned his doctorate in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2000. Prior to coming to Yale, he held a post-graduate fellowship at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.