Hollie Nyseth Brehm

Associate Professor of Sociology, The Ohio State University

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About Hollie

Brehm’s research is motivated by the fundamental questions of why and how atrocity crimes occur and who commits them. She also studies the process of transitional justice after atrocities, including how societies rebuild, how international actors respond to the violence, and the lasting effects of mass violence. Brehm co-founded and served as chair of the Board of Directors of a Minneapolis public school that serves refugee students. She is also a quantitative mentor for the Center for Victims of Torture and a core team member of I-Activism, which empowers communities and governments to act on behalf of those affected by genocide and other mass atrocities.


Lessons from Rwanda's Quest for a Just Response to Genocide

  • Christopher Uggen

In the News

"The 30 Top Thinkers under 30: The Student of Mass Murder Who Wants to Predict and Prevent Genocide," Hollie Nyseth Brehm, Interview with Avital Andrews, Pacific Standard, April 18, 2014.
Hollie Nyseth Brehm's research on genocide in Rwanda (with Christopher Uggen) discussed by "Study on 1994 Genocide against Tutsi Presented at the 10th Biennial Conference of the International Association of Genocide," Minaffet, June 23, 2013.


"NGOs, IOs, and the ICC: Diagnosing and Framing Darfur" (with Megan Zacher and Joachim Savelsberg). Sociological Forum 29, no. 1 (2014): 29-51.
Assesses how different nongovernment organizations portray violence in Darfur and how those portrayals are also impacted by International Criminal Court actions.
"Genocide, Justice, and Rwanda’s Gacaca Courts" (with Christopher Uggen and Jean-Damascéne Gasanabo). Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice 30, no. 3 (2014): 333-352.
Analyzes the sanctions given by the Rwandan gacaca courts after the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.
"The Crime of Genocide" in Crime and the Punished, edited by Douglas Hartmann and Christopher Uggen (W.W. Norton & Company, 2013), 124-137.
Outlines the causes of genocide.
"Child Rights, Population Policies, and Adolescent Fertility, 1989-2006" (with Minzee Kim, Wesley Longhofer, and Elizabeth Boyle). Law & Society Review 47, no. 3 (2013): 589-619.
Examines how minimum age of marriage laws influence youth fertility around the globe.
"Environmental Sociology for the 21st Century" (with David Pellow). Annual Review of Sociology 39 (2013): 229-250.
Outlines existing research in environmental sociology and suggests fruitful areas for future research.
"Age, Sex, and the Crime of Genocide," (with Christopher Uggen), American Society of Criminology, October 31, 2012.
Compiles the largest database of perpetrators of genocide ever analyzed to assess the age and sex of people who commit genocide.