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Robert Braun

Assistant Professor
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I received my PhD from Cornell University in 2017. Before joining Berkeley, I taught sociology and political science at Northwestern University.  My research focuses on civil society and intergroup relationships in times of social upheaval and has been published in the American Journal of Sociology and the American Political Science Review. My first book "Protectors of Pluralism" tries to explain why some local communities step up to protect victims of mass persecution while others refrain from doing so and is forthcoming at Cambridge University Press. My second book project, "Bogeymen", traces the evolution of political fear in Central Europe throughout the 19th and 20th centuries by zeroing in on frightful figures in children's stories.