David Rosen

David Rosen

Professor of Anthropology, Department of Social Sciences and History



  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Anthropology of Children and Childhood
  • War and Crime
  • Law and the Family
  • Jewish History and Culture
  • Israel Society and Culture


  • Law and Society
  • Anthropology and History of Childhood
  • Child Soldiers in Comparative Perspective Israel in the Middle East


  • BA, Hofstra University
  • PhD, University of Illinois
  • JD, Pace University School of Law

Academic Profile


  • Child Soldiers in the Western Imagination: From Patriots to Victims. Rutgers University Press, 2015
  • Child Soldiers: A Reference Handbook.  Santa Barbara, California, ABC-CLIO, 2012
  • Armies of the Young: Child Soldiers in War and Terrorism. Rutgers University Press, 2005
  • Un Esercito di Bambini: Giovani soldati nei conflitt internazionali. Milan: Raffaello Cortina Editore, 2007 [Italian Edition of Armies of the Young]

Selected Articles

“Child Soldiers in Historical and Comparative Perspective: Creating a Space for Data-Driven Analysis”, Research Handbook on Child Soldiers (Mark A. Drumbl & Jastine C. Barrett eds., Edward Elgar Publishing 2019)

“The Magic of Myth: Fashioning the BDS Narrative in the New Anthropology”. In, Andrew Pessin and Doron S. Ben-Atar (eds.) Anti-Zionism on Campus: The University Free Speech and BDS. Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press. 2018. pp. 280-297.

“Slavery and the Recruitment of Child Soldiers. In, Anna Mae Duane (ed.) Child Slavery before and after Emancipation: An Argument for Child-Centered Slavery Studies”. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2017. pp. 177-207

“Child Soldiers in Medieval (esque) Cinema”, In, Sara Buttsworth, and Maartje Abbenhuis (eds.) War, Myths, and Fairy Tales.  Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan (Springer), 2016 pp. 147-73 (Peter Burkholder and David Rosen)

“Who is a Child? The Legal Conundrum of Child Soldiers”, Connecticut Journal of International Law, Volume 25, Fall 2009

“The Child Soldier in Literature or how Johnny Tremain became Johnny Mad Dog,” In, Maartje Abbenhuis and Sara Buttsworth (eds.) Restaging War in the Western World: Noncombatant Experiences, 1890-Present (Palgrave MacMillan, 2009)

“Child Soldiers, International Humanitarian Law, and the Globalization of Childhood” American Anthropologist, 109 (2) 296-306, June 2007.

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