I am an Assistant Professor of Sociology at The Ohio State University. My research assesses why and how genocide happens and how countries rebuild in the aftermath. I am currently working on two major research projects, funded by two grants from the National Science Foundation. These projects examine Rwanda's post-genocide gacaca courts and the reentry and reintegration processes of those sentenced to prison by these courts. My ongoing book project analyzes subnational determinants of violence in Rwanda, Bosnia-Herzogivina, and Sudan; and my scholarship was recently awarded the 2017 Emerging Scholar Prize from the International Association of Genocide Scholars and the 2018 Ruth Shonle Cavan Young Scholar Award from the American Society of Criminology.
At Ohio State, I teach classes on global crime, violence, and terrorism. I also created and lead a study abroad class called Genocide and Its Aftermath in Rwanda. My teaching has been awarded the Ohio State College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teaching Award, which is given to one of the college's 500 faculty members annually, and the Ohio State Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching, which is the university's highest teaching honor.
I am on the Advisory Board of the International Association of Genocide Scholars. I also serve on the board of Refuge, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing adolescent refugees access to higher education, and as a core member of I-Activism, which provides humanitarian action for refugees who fled the genocide in Darfur. My husband Mike and I live in Columbus, OH, with our dog Lady (whose full name is Lady Mary Crawley). You can contact me at brehm[dot]84[at]osu[dot]edu.