PhD, Political Science
Postdoctoral Fellow in the Center for European Studies at the Georgia Institute of Technology's Sam Nunn School of International Affairs
PhD Awarded: December 2018 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Major: Comparative Politics
Minors: International Relations, Methodology
Sam Nunn School of International Affairs
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Dissertation Committee: Milada A. Vachudova (advisor), John D. Stephens, Liesbet Hooghe, Graeme Robertson, and Cameron Ballard-Rosa.
Current Supervisor: Alasdair Young
Hello, and welcome!
My name is Claire Greenstein, and I am a postdoctoral researcher at Georgia Tech in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs. I graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with my PhD in Political Science in December 2018. My dissertation, titled Pressures, Promises, and Payments: Explaining Governments’ Reparations Decisions after Domestic Human Rights Abuses, focused on what motivates governments to pay reparations to their own citizens in the wake of widespread, state-sanctioned human rights abuses. I use a multi-methods approach in my dissertation: I created an original dataset on reparations promises and payments that I used to test my theory quantitatively, I conducted archival research abroad, and I interviewed over sixty people in five different countries in order to collect detailed qualitative data for the three case studies included in my dissertation. Since finishing my dissertation, I have begun researching how victim identity affects reparations disbursement. I am also engaged in collaborative work with colleagues that examines the intersections between transitional justice, human rights, ethnic minorities, and genocide prevention.
My teaching experience includes serving as the sole instructor for Introduction to Comparative Politics, Introduction to European Politics, Central and Eastern European Politics, Government and Politics of Western Europe, and German Government and Politics, the last of which was a combined graduate and undergraduate class. Having minored in International Relations and Methodology, I am both willing and able to teach courses in these areas, as well. Given my research focus on transitional justice and human rights, I am also looking forward to teaching classes on these topics in the future.