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Geoffrey Parker

Prolific scholar Geoffrey Parker has done it again.

Parker — Andreas Dorpalen Professor of History, Distinguished University Professor, and Mershon Center affiliate — has another landmark book hitting the shelves this week.

Parker’s new biography of King Phillip II, Imprudent King: A New Life of Phillip II, published by Yale University Press, is the first biography to take advantage of a treasure trove of unidentified documents that Parker discovered in 2011 and authenticated in 2012. Parker is the world’s leading authority on King Phillip II.

The advance "buzz" for Imprudent King promises it may equal if not exceed the triumphs of his last book, Global Crisis: War, Climate Change and Castrophe In the Seventeenth Century.

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Daniel Sui

Mershon affiliate Daniel Sui, professor and chair of the Department of Geography, has been selected as a 2015 Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Sui will be affiliated with the Science and Technology Innovation Program and the China Environment Forum at the Wilson Center. His primary research will be how to use crowd mapping and citizen science to better address environmental challenges in China.

Morgan Liu

Mershon affiliate Morgan Liu, associate professor in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, has won this year's Central Eurasian Studies Society Book of the Year Award for his research monograph, Under Solomon’s Throne: Uzbek Visions of Renewal in Osh (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2012).

Liu received the award at the society’s annual conference, held Oct. 24-26 at Columbia University’s Harriman Institute for Russian, Eurasian and East European Studies. The awards committee considers publications in history and humanities one year and social sciences the next, so Liu's competition included an impressive list of publications from both 2012 and 2013.

Hollie Nyseth Brehm

Hollie Nyseth Brehm, assistant professor, sociology, is the lead author of a new study finding that perpetrators of the genocide in Rwanda were most likely to be males in their mid-30a.

“We were surprised that perpetrators of genocide in Rwanda were, on average, 34 years old,” said Brehm. “Much research in criminology would point toward much younger participants — late adolescence and early 20s — in most any form of crime.”

While working with Rwanda’s national genocide prevention commission, Brehm obtained access to the country’s court records. Those records hold information about who participated in the genocide. Working with colleagues Christopher Uggen at the University of Minnesota and Jean-Damascene Gasanabo in Rwanda — the only team in the world with access to these data — Brehm analyzed almost 2 million Rwandan convictions.

In studying the genocide, Brehm and her team found that men between the ages of 18 and 45 were responsible for 75 percent of the Rwandan atrocities, representing a demographic slice that does not reflect the age or gender distribution of Rwanda’s larger population.

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