Xabier Irujo

Board of Trustees

Born in exile in Caracas, Venezuela, in 1967, Xabier Irujo is the chair of the Center for Basque Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno, where he is professor of genocide studies. He was the first guest research scholar of the Manuel Irujo Chair at the University of Liverpool, William Douglass visiting lecturer at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and Eloise Garmendia Chair at Boise State University. Graduated in philology, history and philosophy, he has two doctorates in history and philosophy. He has mentored numerous graduate students and has been the chair of numerous PhD dissertation committees. He holds three master’s degrees in linguistics, history and philosophy and has two PhDs in history and philosophy. Dr. Irujo has lectured in nearly on hundred American and European universities and academic or cultural institutions (typically governments, parliaments, museums and libraries.) He has published on issues related to Basque history and politics and has specialized along his career in genocide studies with a focus on physical and cultural extermination. He serves on the scientific committees of six academic and university presses in Europe and the Americas. Dr. Irujo has authored more than fifteen books and a number of articles in specialized journals and has received awards and honors at national and international level. His recent books include Gernika: Genealogy of a Lie (Sussex Academic Press, 2018), Gernika 1937: The Market Day Massacre (Nevada University Press, 2015) and Charlemagne’s Defeat in the Pyrenees: The Battle of Rencesvals (Amsterdam University Press, Amsterdam, 2021).