The USC Dornsife 2020 Genocide Resistance Research Cluster aims to answer questions like the following: what factors enables people to oppose and resist genocide and mass violence? We seek to systematically address the issue of resistance to genocide, and to investigate why certain individuals, groups, and societies are able to prevent or actively resist mass atrocities.
We are addressing this question on the societal, group, and individual levels: why do some societies avoid the path to genocide? What kinds of groups slow down or stop genocidal developments? How do individuals successfully oppose a violent or genocidal mainstream?
As part of this project, we offer grants to support the research of USC Dornsife undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty as well as one international visiting Ph.D. student per year from a wide array of disciplines. The following abstracts detail the research done by the students and faculty funded by the Research Cluster.
2011 - 2012
USC Undergraduate Research
Daniela Mercado, History
Daniella Newman, History
USC Graduate Research
Heathery Ashby, History
Max Felker-Kantor, History
Jennifer Reynolds-Kaye, Art History
Melody Shekari, Law
Visiting Ph.D. Fellow
Terri Donofrio, University of Maryland, College Park
USC Undergraduate Research:
Roza Petrosyan: Resistance of Armenian Women in the Armenian Genocide
Jeremy Schwartz: Resilience
Jasneet Aulakh: Sikh and Hindu Resistance in the 1984 Anti-Sikh Pogrom
USC Graduate Research:
Heather Ashby: Black Radical Activism Between the World Wars
Visiting Ph.D. Fellow:
Atje Gercama, Trinity College, Dublin: Women in Dutch Resistance During WWII