Stanford doctoral student receives peace dissertation award

Stanford political science PhD student ASHLEY FABRIZIO has received the Jennings Randolph Peace Scholar Dissertation Fellowship, awarded by the United States Institute of Peace (USIP). The fellowship provides $20,000 to support dissertation writing and research on peacebuilding and conflict management in the final year of the PhD program.

Ashley Fabrizio
Ashley Fabrizio

Through her research, Fabrizio seeks to understand why governments repress their minority ethnic groups and how different types of repression affect large-scale political mobilization by these groups in support of their rights, autonomy and political independence. Her dissertation, Contingent Radicalization: Government Repression’s Differential Effect on Ethnonationalist Mobilization, will analyze the political mobilization and experiences of ethnic Kurds in Iran, Iraq, Syria and Turkey since World War I.

Fabrizio recently traveled to USIP’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., to attend the annual Peace Scholar Workshop, where she shared her research project with experts and policymakers. She said she hopes her research will guide their decisions that, in turn, will help prevent violence, displacement and destruction that results from conflict.

“Before we can help civil societies and governments build sustainable, inclusive political orders, we have to understand what kinds of governance activities are counterproductive to human flourishing for all ethnic groups,” she said.

Fabrizio’s research has also been supported by the Vice Provost for Graduate Education, the Europe Center at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, the Hamid and Christina Moghadam Program in Iranian Studies and the American Political Science Association Centennial Center.

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