Christopher Shay

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Human Rights Research and Data Hub

Christopher Shay is a post-doctoral research associate at the Human Rights Institute as well as an International Security Program fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. His research focuses on state repression, violent and nonviolent insurgencies, and post-conflict outcomes. His dissertation investigates the troubling observation that democratization and conflict termination commonly fail to alleviate severe human rights abuse. This tends to occur when civilian authorities have lost administrative control over their security forces, an argument he supports with cross-national statistical evidence as well as qualitative research conducted in Nepal.

In addition to his doctoral research, Christopher has managed the Nonviolent and Violent Campaigns and Outcomes (NAVCO) 2.1 data project for Dr. Erica Chenoweth and has provided analysis on India’s long-running Naxalite conflict to the International Institute for Strategic Studies. He received his PhD from the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies after earning his master’s degree in peace and conflict studies from Uppsala University and his bachelor’s degree from Hanover College.

Prior to his graduate studies, Christopher was an outdoor educator and (for brief periods) a wildland firefighter.

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