Sarah Lischer

Associate Professor

Office: Kirby 304
Phone: 758-3545

Sarah Kenyon Lischer is an associate professor in the department of Politics and International Affairs at Wake Forest University. She is the author of Dangerous Sanctuaries: Refugee Camps, Civil War, and the Dilemmas of Humanitarian Aid (Cornell University Press, 2005). She has published widely on the topics of humanitarian crises, human rights, military intervention, African politics, and forced migration in journals such as International Security, Global Governance, the Harvard International Review, Civil Wars, and The American Scholar. Lischer has been awarded fellowships and grants by, among others, the Berghof Foundation, the Peace Research Institute of Oslo, Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, and the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation. She is writing a book on atrocity narratives and reconciliation after genocide.

BSFS       1992, Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service
MPP         1997, Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government.
PhD         2002,  Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Academic Appointments
Associate Professor,  Wake Forest University, Department of Political Science, 2005-present.
Assistant Professor,  Sweet Briar College, Department of Government, 2003-2005.

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Recent Publications

Dangerous Sanctuaries: Refugee Camps, Civil War, and the Dilemmas of Humanitarian Aid. (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2005).

“Civil War, Genocide, and Political Order in Rwanda: Security Implications of Refugee Return.”Conflict, Security & Development, 11, 3, (July 2011), 261-284 .

“Security and Displacement in Iraq: Responding to the Forced Migration Crisis.” International Security, 33, 2 (Fall 2008), 95-119.

“Military Intervention and the Humanitarian ‘Force Multiplier.'” Global Governance, 13, 1 (Jan.-Mar. 2007), 99-118.

“Collateral Damage: Humanitarian Assistance as a Cause of Conflict.” International Security,  28, 1, (Summer 2003), 79-109.

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Political Science 100, First Year Seminar: Humanity and Atrocity

Political Science 251: The Politics of Forced Migration

Political Science 266: Civil War: Causes and Consequences

Political Science 268: International Conflict Resolution

Political Science 291: Qualitative Research Methods in Political Science

Political Science 300: The Politics of International Military Intervention