Adam Lichtenheld

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Personal Statement: 


Adam Lichtenheld is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley, specializing in international relations and comparative politics. In 2018-19, he will be an affiliated scholar at the Institute for the Study of International Migration at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Adam studies forced migration, civil war, political violence, international intervention, and governance in conflict-affected environments. His dissertation examines the use of population displacement as a weapon of war and employs a multi-method approach, combining statistical analysis of 159 civil wars (1945-2004) with in-depth case studies from Uganda (1986-2006) and Syria (2011-present).

Adam's research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Institute of Peace, the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, the University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation, the Berkeley Human Rights Center, the Berkeley Institute of International Studies, the Phi Beta Kappa Northern California Association, the Berkeley Center for African Studies, and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies. He also serve as a research and evaluation consultant for the Office of Transition Initiatives and Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation at USAID. Prior to graduate school, Adam reported for National Geographic and worked on USAID-funded stabilization and political transition programs in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and South Sudan.

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