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Sarah Lischer

Associate Professor of Political Science

Lischer is an expert in humanitarian crises, military intervention, genocide and forced migration.

Biography

An expert in humanitarian crises, genocide and forced migration, Sarah Kenyon Lischer understands the causes of these complex and controversial events, as well as the long-term consequences once they have ended. Some of her recent work has focused on Syrian refugees, modern crises facing Africa, such as war in Sudan, and post-genocide politics in Rwanda.… Read More »

An expert in humanitarian crises, genocide and forced migration, Sarah Kenyon Lischer understands the causes of these complex and controversial events, as well as the long-term consequences once they have ended. Some of her recent work has focused on Syrian refugees, modern crises facing Africa, such as war in Sudan, and post-genocide politics in Rwanda.

Lischer has published widely on the topics of humanitarian crises, military interventions, refugees/migration and African politics. Shed is the author of Dangerous Sanctuaries: Refugee Camps, Civil War, and the Dilemmas of Humanitarian Aid (2005). She has written for The Christian Science Monitor, The Huffington Post, The American Scholar and The Baltimore Sun among other news sources, and is currently writing a book on how memories of atrocity affect post-genocide reconciliation. She teaches courses on the politics of forced migration, international conflict resolution and the causes and consequences of civil wars.

Media Appearances

Why western aid won't save Somalia

HuffPost

August 9, 2011

If only we could blame drought and poverty for the famine in the Horn of Africa that would be so simple. Wealthy donor states could quickly send food, medicine, and tents to the starving, diseased, and displaced. Millions of people would be saved. Altruism would triumph.

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Areas of Expertise

  • African Politics
  • Civil Wars
  • Civil Wars: Causes and Consequences
  • Forced Migration
  • Genocide Issues
  • Human Rights
  • Humanitarian Crises
  • Humanity and Atrocity
  • International Conflict Resolution
  • Military Intervention in Humanitarian Crises
  • Politics of Forced Migration
  • Politics of International Military Intervention
  • Transitional Justice
  • Tribunals
  • War Crimes

Education

Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Ph.D., International Relations

Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government: MPP., Public Policy

Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service: BFFS, Foreign Service

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