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Political Science Ph.D. Candidate Nahrain Rasho Awarded Peace Scholar Dissertation Fellowship from the U.S. Institute of Peace

Monday, November 2, 2020 - 12:00am

University of California, Davis, Political Science Ph.D. student Nahrain Rasho has been awarded a Peace Scholar Dissertation Fellowship from the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) for their outstanding dissertation on Conflict Analysis and Prevention.

Since 1988, the USIP Peace Scholar Dissertation Fellowship program has supported the dissertations of 339 young scholars, many of whom have gone on to distinguished careers in research, scholarship and policymaking. This non-residential fellowship is awarded to Ph.D. students enrolled in U.S. universities who are writing doctoral dissertations on topics broadly related to conflict management, peace-building and other related security studies. The award carries a $20,000 stipend.

Rasho studies comparative politics and international relations with an emphasis on nationalism, ethnic conflict, and state-building strategies. Her research interests include addressing nationalism and ethnic conflict through institutional design. She researches political solutions to ethnic conflict at local levels of society by using the case of Kurdish Regional Autonomy in Iraq. To date, she’s completed fieldwork in northern Iraq where she interviewed civilians, political activists, and politicians from ethnic minority communities within the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Her research has been funded by the Russell J. and Dorothy S. Bilinski Educational Foundation, the Rothchild Memorial Graduate Research Award, the Institute of Social Science, and the Suad Joseph Graduate Student Research Award on Middle East and/or South Asia Studies.

Rasho also won People’s Choice and placed third Wednesday in UC Davis Grad Slam, the campus final round of the UC-wide research communciation competition, in 2019.

Rasho's dissertation, “Ethnofederalism and Ethnic Conflict: The Consequences of Regional Autonomy on Local Ethnic Conflict”, examines whether territorial autonomy increases conflict among local ethnic groups. She studies the consequences of regional autonomy in Iraq to demonstrate how Kurdish regional autonomy increased demands for autonomy by ethnic minorities within the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. She tests the effects of ethnofederal arrangements on regional ethnic conflict using regional-level data on ethnic groups around the world to examine whether ethnofederal arrangements increase local ethnic conflict.

For more information on the Peace Scholar Dissertation Fellowship, visit the U.S. Institute of Peace's website

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