Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
Education: BA University of Michigan; PhD University of Washington
Research Areas: Political Conflict; Migration; Demography; Russia and Central Asia
Michelle O'Brien is a sociologist and demographer focused on the consequences of violent and non-violent political conflict. Her research has examined how political conflict — from neo-nationalism in Russia to genocide in Rwanda — has changed the institutional landscapes in those places, creating long-lasting social change. Her dissertation examined the consequences of the 1992-1997 Tajikistani civil war for education, reproductive health, and migration in the subsequent decade. In addition to her substantive interests, Michelle is interested in how computational methods can help unpack complex and long-term causal chains.