My Research

My research agenda is motivated by the fundamental questions of why and how atrocities occur and who commits them. I am equally interested in the process of transitional justice after atrocities, including how societies rebuild, collective memory, and the lasting effects of mass violence. My other work has engaged human rights and environmental sociology, and below you will find my peer-reviewed publications. Please see my CV for additional publications, such as other book chapters, reports, and blog posts.


Peer-Reviewed Articles

Fox, Nicole and Hollie Nyseth Brehm. Forthcoming. “‘I Decided to Save Them: Factors that Shaped Participation in Rescue Efforts during Genocide in Rwanda.’” Social Forces

Nyseth Brehm, Hollie, Christi Smith, and Evelyn Gertz. Forthcoming. “Producing Expertise in a Transitional Justice Setting: Judges at Rwanda’s Gacaca Courts.” Law & Social Inquiry.

Bryant, Emily, Emily Schimke, Hollie Nyseth Brehm, and Christopher Uggen. 2018. “Techniques of Neutralization and Identity Work Among Accused Genocide Perpetrators.” Social Problems 65(4): 584-602.  

Nyseth Brehm, Hollie and Elizabeth Heger Boyle. 2018. “The Global Adoption of National Policies Protecting Children from Violent Discipline in Schools and Homes, 1950-2011.” Law & Society Review 52(1): 206-233. 

Nyseth Brehm, Hollie, Christopher Uggen, and Suzy McElrath. 2018. “A Dynamic Life-Course Approach to Genocide.” Social Currents 5(2): 107-119. 

Nyseth Brehm, Hollie. 2017. “Accountability After Genocide.” Contexts 16(4): 38-45.  

Nyseth Brehm, Hollie and Shannon Golden. 2017. “Centering Survivors in Local Transitional Justice.” Annual Review of Law and Social Science 13: 102-121

Nyseth Brehm, Hollie. 2017. “Subnational Determinants of Killing in Rwanda.” Criminology 55(1): 5-31. 

Nyseth Brehm, Hollie and Nicole Fox. 2017. “Narrating Genocide: Time, Memory, and Blame.” Sociological Forum 32(1): 116-137.

Nyseth Brehm, Hollie. 2017. “Re-examining Risk Factors of Genocide.Journal of Genocide Research 19(1): 61-87.

Hola, Barbora and Hollie Nyseth Brehm. 2016. “Punishing Genocide: A Comparative Empirical Analysis of Sentencing Laws and Practices at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), Rwandan Domestic Courts, and Gacaca Courts.” Genocide Studies and Prevention: An International Journal 10(3): 59-80.

Nyseth Brehm, Hollie, Christopher Uggen, and Jean-Damascéne Gasanabo. 2016. “Age, Gender, and the Crime of Crimes: Toward a Life-Course Theory of Genocide Participation.” Criminology 54(4): 713-743. 

Ferrales, Gabrielle, Hollie Nyseth Brehm, and Suzy McElrath. 2016. “Gender-Based Violence Against Men and Boys in Darfur: The Gender-Genocide Nexus.” Gender & Society 30(4): 565-589.

Nyseth Brehm, Hollie. 2015. “State Context and Exclusionary Ideologies.” American Behavioral Scientist 60(2): 131-149.  

Savelsberg, Joachim J. and Hollie Nyseth Brehm. 2015. “Representing Human Rights Violations in Darfur: Global Justice, National Distinctions.American Journal of Sociology 121(2): 564-603.

Pellow, David N. and Hollie Nyseth Brehm. 2015. “From the New Ecological Paradigm to Total Liberation: The Emergence of a Social Movement Frame.” The Sociological Quarterly 56(1): 185-212.   

Nyseth Brehm, Hollie, Christopher Uggen, and Jean-Damascéne Gasanabo. 2014. “Genocide, Justice, and Rwanda’s Gacaca Courts.” Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice 30(3): 333-352.      

Zacher, Megan, Hollie Nyseth Brehm, and Joachim J. Savelsberg. 2014. “NGOs, IOs, and the ICC: Diagnosing and Framing Darfur.” Sociological Forum 29(1): 29-51

Pellow, David N. and Hollie Nyseth Brehm. 2013. “An Environmental Sociology for the 21st Century.” Annual Review of Sociology 39: 229-250.   

Kim, Minzee, Wesley Longhofer, Elizabeth Heger Boyle, and Hollie Nyseth Brehm. 2013. “When Do Laws Matter? National Minimum‐Age‐of‐Marriage Laws, Child Rights, and Adolescent Fertility, 1989–2007.” Law & Society Review 47(3): 589-619.

Nyseth, Hollie, Sarah Shannon, Kia Heise and Suzy Maves McElrath. 2011. “Embedded Sociologists.” Contexts 10(2): 44-50.


Peer-Reviewed Book Chapters

Gertz, Evelyn, Hollie Nyseth Brehm, and Sara E. Brown. 2018. “Gender and Genocide: Assessing Differential Opportunity Structures of Perpetration in Rwanda.” Chapter 7 in Perpetrators and Perpetration of Mass Violence: Action, Motivations and Dynamics. Edited by Timothy Williams and Susanne Buckley-Zistel. Routledge.

Nyseth Brehm, Hollie and David Pellow. 2014. “Environmental Inequalities.” Pp. 115-132 in Color Lines and Racial Angles. Edited by Douglas Hartmann and Christopher Uggen. New York: W.W. Norton & Company.

Nyseth Brehm, Hollie. 2013. “The Crime of Genocide.” Pp. 124-137 in Crime and the Punished. Edited by Douglas Hartmann and Christopher Uggen. New York: W.W. Norton & Company.

Savelsberg, Joachim J. and Hollie Nyseth. 2012. “Collective Representations of Atrocity and National Identity: The Case of Darfur.” Crossing Borders, Shifting Boundaries: National and Transnational Identities in Europe and Beyond. Edited by Markus Hadler and Franz Hoellinger. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Boyle, Elizabeth Heger and Hollie Nyseth. 2011. “Why the Underutilization of Child Rights in Global Mobilization? The Cases of Female Genital Cutting Practices and User Fees for Education.” Pp. 91-120 in Human Rights: New Possibilities/New Problems. Edited by Austin Sarat. Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing Limited.