Adam Lichtenheld

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Comparative Politics
Academic Subfields: 
International Relations

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Personal Statement: 


Adam Lichtenheld is a PhD candidate researching forced migration, civil wars, counterinsurgency, peacekeeping, and local governance in conflict and post-conflict environments. His dissertation examines the strategic use of population displacement in armed conflicts, and includes a cross-national analysis of 159 civil wars (1944-2004) along with in-depth case studies from Uganda (1986-2006) and Syria (2011-present). His research has been funded by the United States Institute of Peace, the University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation, the Human Rights Center at Berkeley Law School, and UC-Berkeley's Institute of International Studies, Center for African Studies, and Center for Middle Eastern Studies.

Adam holds a B.A. with honors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an M.A. from the University of California, Berkeley. He has reported from the Middle East as a journalist for National Geographic and other publications, served as a Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellow in Washington, D.C., and worked on post-conflict foreign assistance and political transition programs in Afghanistan, South Sudan, Iraq, Libya, and Syria on behalf of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). He continues to serve as a consultant for implementers of USAID and other international development programs worldwide.

Dissertation Committee Chair: 
Ron Hassner
Primary Subfield: 
International Relations
Secondary Subfield: 
Comparative Politics