Michelle L. O'Brien

My research focuses on the long-term social and demographic consequences of war. We often think of war as a fundamentally disruptive process, but we rarely explicitly study it that way. My dissertation was an in-depth examination of how the Tajikistani civil war and the collapse of the Soviet Union affected education, abortion, and migration decision-making. Currently I’m working on expanding that project to include other cases in a comparative approach, in order to isolate different characteristics of war that affect social processes and social change.

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