The Shady Side Academy Senior School History Department welcomed alumnus and United States Supreme Court Fellow Dr. Zachary Kaufman Esq. ‘96 back to campus on Monday, Nov. 3.
In the morning, Kaufman presented “From Rowe to Rwanda” to a group of more than 50 students in Memorial Hall, and later spoke to students in Kyle Smith’s history class. Throughout the day, he shared personal stories and answered an incredible amount of questions about his current work, personal life and career path. He spoke highly of his time at Shady Side and gave students a realistic sense of of what can be accomplished through dedication and determination.
Kaufman is also currently a visiting fellow at Yale Law School, a social enterprise fellow at Yale School of Management's Program on Social Enterprise, and a visiting fellow at Yale University's Genocide Studies Program. He participates in the Transitional Justice Working Group at Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government's Carr Center for Human Rights Policy.
His research focuses on international law, international relations history and theory, U.S. foreign policy, transitional justice, Rwandan history, politics and culture, and social entrepreneurship. His professional experience has focused on the investigation, apprehension and prosecution of suspected perpetrators involved in genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and terrorism. He has served at the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.
Kaufman is the editor of two books: After Genocide: Transitional Justice, Post-Conflict Reconstruction, and Reconciliation in Rwanda and Beyond; and Social Entrepreneurship in the Age of Atrocities: Changing Our World.
He holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Yale University; master's and doctoral degrees in international relations from the University of Oxford; and a J.D. from Yale Law School.