Michelle L. O'Brien

I am a mixed methods researcher, with a specialization in Demographic Methods and GIS Mapping and Spatial Analysis.

My research focuses on the long-term social and demographic consequences of war and violence.
What is the legacy of war for migration? For reproductive health? For educating girls?
What is the nature of the causal relationship between violence and migration? Does nonwartime violence drive migration, too?
My work examines these questions in cross-national perspective, as well as with case studies like Tajikistan (the focus of my dissertation) and Rwanda (the focus of my work with Hollie Nyseth Brehm).

In addition, I am an advisory board member to the refugee aid organization Lifting Hands International,
and have contributed to The Seattle Times and Fair Observer.

Please browse this site to find my C.V., updates on my work, and ways to connect with me online.