PhD, Political Science
Assistant Professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration
PhD Awarded: December 2018 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Major: Comparative Politics
Minors: International Relations, Methodology
Heritage Hall 408
1401 University Blvd
Birmingham, Alabama 35233-1152
Hello, and welcome!
My name is Claire Greenstein, and I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. I graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with my PhD in Political Science in December 2018, and from 2018-2020 I was a postdoctoral researcher in the Center for European and Transatlantic Studies at the Georgia Institute for Technology's Sam Nunn School of International Affairs. I conduct research on reparations for human rights abuses, as well as research on transitional justice more generally. I am also engaged in collaborative work with colleagues that examines the intersections between transitional justice, human rights, ethnic minorities, and genocide prevention. 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.
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.