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Josef Korbel School of International StudiesSié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security & Diplomacy



Marie Berry


Dr. Marie Berry is Assistant Professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies and an affiliate of the Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security and Diplomacy. She is a political sociologist with a research focus on mass violence, gender, and development. Her current book project, War, Women, and Power: From Violence to Mobilization in Rwanda and Bosnia-Herzegovina, examines the impact of war and genocide on women's informal and formal political participation in Rwanda and Bosnia-Herzegovina. A related project critically assesses efforts to empower women in these same cases. She is also engaged in a collaborative project exploring the political logic behind market-oriented development projects in Rwanda. Her work has received several awards, including the 2015 Best Graduate Paper Award from the American Sociological Association's Human Rights Section, and UCLA's Charles E. and Sue K. Young Graduate Award, the university's highest all-around award for a graduate student. She completed her Ph.D. in sociology at UCLA in 2015.

Highlighted Works

Signs Mobilization New Political Economy  

When “Bright Futures” Fade: Paradoxes of Women’s Empowerment in Rwanda
Marie Berry
in Signs (2015)

From Violence to Mobilization: Women, War, and Threat in Rwanda
Marie Berry
in Mobilization (2015)

Understanding the Political Movements That Shape Rwanda's Emergent Developmental State
Laura Mann and Marie Berry
in  New Political Economy  (2015)


Books and Book projects

War, Women, and Power: From Violence to Mobilization in Rwanda and Bosnia-Herzegovina (to be published by Cambridge University Press in early 2018)

Journal Articles

"Barriers to Women's Progress After Atrocity: Evidence from Rwanda and Bosnia-Herzegovina,"  Gender & Society 31(6): 830-853 (November 2017).

"Gender Politics After War: Mobilizing Opportunity in Post-conflict Africa," Thematic Review, with Milli Lake, Arizona State University. Politics & Gender: 13(2): 336-349 (2017).

"When 'Bright Futures' Fade: Paradoxes of Women's Empowerment in Rwanda," Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 41, no. 1 (Autumn 2015).
• Recipient, ASA Human Rights Section Graduate Paper Award

"From Violence to Mobilization: War, Women, and Threat in Rwanda," 
Mobilization: An International Journal 20, no. 2 (June 2015).
• Co-recipient, 2011 Charles and Louise Tilly Award for Best Graduate Paper in Social
Science History

Understanding the Political Motivations that Shape Rwanda's Emergent Developmental State," with Laura Mann, New Political Economy (May 2015).

"Violence and the Transformation of Ethnicity in Rwanda," The Society Pages Special Feature (June 2014).

Commentary and Other Publications

"Kenyan Women Just Fought One of the Most Violent Campaigns in History," Foreign Policy (August 7, 2017).

"There Is No Hope to Get a Better Life': How Rwanda's Remarkable, Two-Decade March from Genocide has Left Women Behind," Foreign Policy (April 7, 2014).

"Environmental Inequality, Class, and Life Chances." Teaching: The Society Pages (September 19, 2013).

"War, Women, and Politics in Bosnia-Herzegovina," International Research and  Exchange Bureau, Scholar Research Brief (2013).

"The Ripple Effects of Incarceration," Teaching: The Society Pages (April 16, 2013).