Forced migration is one of the most pressing humanitarian issues today, and refugee repatriation is often thought of as both the preferred solution and endpoint to these displacement crises. But conflict between returning and non-migrant populations is a nearly ubiquitous issue in post-conflict societies from Iraq to South Sudan to Guatemala. Schwartz’s book manuscript examines the relationships between refugee return and local conflict after civil wars. Join us for this discussion being held virtually on October 22 at 12 p.m. EST.
Stephanie Schwartz is an Assistant Professor in the University of Southern California's Department of Political Science and International Relations. She studies the politics of forced migration, violent conflict, and humanitarian governance. Her current book project, Homeward Bound: Refugee Return and Local Conflict after Civil War, examines how refugee return influences future patterns of conflict and displacement. Other ongoing research focuses on global asylum governance and qualitative research methods. Her work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, U.S. Institute of Peace, and the Columbia Global Policy Initiative.
You can read more about her work in International Security, Foreign Policy, Slate, the Washington Post's Monkey Cage Blog, and Lawfare.
Schwartz has worked with international policy organizations including the U.S. Institute of Peace, the World Bank, and the Sudd Institute. She was awarded the 2019 Best Dissertation award from the Migration & Citizenship section of the American Political Science Association (APSA), and the inaugural Emerging Global Scholar Prize (2019) from Perry World House at the University of Pennsylvania. She holds a Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University and a B.A. from Wesleyan University.
This event is hosted by the Recovering from Violence Research Cluster, an initiative of the Mershon Center for International Security Studies at The Ohio State University. The cluster seeks to contribute to research and practice geared toward addressing genocide, crimes against humanity, widespread human rights violations, and other forms of collective violence. The cluster engages with conflict stabilization, transitional justice, human rights, development, collective memory, displacement, psychosocial wellbeing, peacebuilding, and reconciliation—guided by the firm belief that the impacts of violence are multigenerational and interconnected. Research is conducted in collaboration with local stakeholders in communities affected by violence and, as such, continually assess research ethics and best practices for decolonizing scholarship.
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