Biography and selected publications


Eric Stener Carlson (Minnesota, 1969) is an author currently based in Geneva, Switzerland.

He wrote his first book, "I Remember Julia: Voices of the Disappeared" (Temple University Press, 1996), when he was right out of college. It is based on his work with the Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team identifying the remains of people killed by the military dictatorship in the 1970s. After working for the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in the 1990s, he wrote his second book, "The Pear Tree: Is Torture Ever Justified?" (Clarity Press, 2006), a very personal investigation into the use of torture and its moral consequences.

Eric became a novelist with the publication of "The Saint Perpetuus Club of Buenos Aires" (Tartarus Press, 2009), a surreal, supernatural mystery. He followed this up with the novel, "Muladona", a southern gothic horror novel. He has a number of other novel projects in the works.

His short stories and articles have appeared in journals in the US, UK, Argentina and Spain.

Eric holds a BA in International Affairs from The American University, an MA in International Affairs from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He was also a Fulbright scholar affiliated with the University of Buenos Aires.

Eric frequently lectures and is always happy to give talks to book clubs and universities.



"Muladona", Tartarus Press (April 2016)


"The Saint Perpetuus Club of Buenos Aires", Tartarus Press (Fall 2009)


“Rounding Sunium”, Whistling Shade (Fall 2008)


“Plazoleta” (English version), Bellevue Literary Review (Volume 8, Number 2, Fall 2008)


“Plazoleta” (Spanish version), Katharsis (Number 6, 2008)

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“Athens”, Whistling Shade (Fall 2007)


“E-mail a una señorita en Montreal/​E-mail to a Young Lady in Montreal” (Spanish and English versions), Terra Incognita (No. 8, Autumn 2007).

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“La verdadera herencia del caso Rojas”, Todo es Historia (Fall 2008)


“Wages Empower Women Workers in Northern Argentina”, Nordic Journal of Human Rights (Volume 26, Number 3, 2008)


“In Praise of Torture”, Nordic Journal of Human Rights (Number 2, 2007)


The Pear Tree: Is Torture Ever Justified? (Atlanta: Clarity Press, 2006)


“The Hidden Prevalence of Male Sexual Assault during War: Reflections on Blunt Trauma to the Male Genitals”, British Journal of Criminology (Volume 46, Number 1, January 2006)


“The Gendarmerie’s Response to Social Protest in Argentina”, Broken Promises? The Argentine Crisis and Argentine Democracy (New York: Lexington Books, 2005)


“The Argentine National Gendarmerie: From Former Enemies to Future Citizens”, Buenos Aires Herald (February 5, 2005)

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“The Road to Abu Ghraib”, Buenos Aires Herald (June 10, 2004)

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“Appeal to Self-interest in Human Rights Education for the Military: A Self-Defeating Strategy?”, Effective Strategies for Protecting Human Rights (Aldershot: Ashgate Press, 2001)


“Influence of French ‘Revolutionary War’ Ideology on the Use of Torture in the Argentine ‘Dirty War’”, Human Rights Review (Volume 1, Number 4, 2000)


“The Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo and the Disappeared Children of Argentina”, Journal of Terrorism and Political Violence (Winter, 1999)

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“Giving the Devil His Due: Transforming the Human Rights/​National Security Dialogue in Argentina”, Journal of Low Intensity Conflict and Law Enforcement, (Volume 7, Number 3, Winter 1998)


"Sexual Assault of Men in War", The Lancet (Volume 349, January 11, 1997)

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I Remember Julia: Voices of the Disappeared (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1996)