Dr Omar McDoom

 Omar McDoom

Assistant Professor in Comparative Politics

Email: o.s.mcdoom@lse.ac.uk| 
Office: CON 6.09, Connaught House
Office Hours: Wednesdays 10.30-12.30 (drop-in) On leave Lent Term.
Tel:  +44 (0)20 7955 7557
Website: http://omarmcdoom.com/|

Biography


I welcome inquiries from researchers, policy-makers, journalists, and students in the following areas:

  1. African Politics: I have particular knowledge of the Great Lakes of Africa comprising Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
  2. Political and Ethnic Violence: I have a particular interest in civil wars, ethnic conflicts, and genocides, and to a lesser extent terrorism, insurgencies, and guerrilla warfare.
  3. Ethnic and Religious Diversity: I am particularly interested in the conceptualisation and measurement of ethnic diversity and in strategies to mitigate its less desirable effects.

My first project was a study of the Rwandan genocide. The project aimed to develop the micro-foundations of inter-group collective violence and in particular sought an answer to the question of how and why certain individuals come to participate in such violence but others not. I am now working on a project entitled The Micro-foundations of Communal Coexistence and Cooperation which explores individual-level strategies for promoting positive intergroup attitudes and behaviours in ethnically and religiously plural societies.

Prior to joining the LSE I held research fellowships at Harvard University, in the International Security and Intra-state Conflict programmes at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, and then at Oxford University, in the Department of Politics and International Relations. My professional experience outside of the Academy includes work as a Policy Officer for the World Bank, as a Legal Officer for the Government of Guyana, and on electoral missions for the OSCE and UN. I currently co-run a non-profit organisation which develops leadership potential in children caught in northern Uganda's civil war: www.thechildisinnocent.org|

I hold law degrees from Kings College London and the Université de Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne, a Masters degree in International Development Studies from George Washington University, and a PhD in Development Studies from the London School of Economics. I’m also an Attorney (non-practicing) admitted in New York.

Research Interests


  • Ethnic Violence
  • Civil wars
  • Genocides
  • African Politics
  • Ethnic diversity
  • Religious Extremism
  • Radical Islam
  • Terrorism
  • Insurgency
  • Guerrilla Warfare
  • International Development

Teaching Responsibilities


  • GV4F9: African Politics, Wars and Violence 

Publications


Antisocial capital: a profile of Rwandan genocide perpetrators’ social networks
McDoom, Omar Shahabudin (2014) Antisocial capital: a profile of Rwandan genocide perpetrators’ social networks. Journal of Conflict Resolution, 58 (5). pp. 866-894. ISSN 1552-8766

Predicting violence within genocide: a model of elite competition and ethnic segregation from Rwanda
McDoom, Omar (2014) Predicting violence within genocide: a model of elite competition and ethnic segregation from Rwanda. Political Geography, 42 . pp. 34-45. ISSN 0962-6298

Who killed in Rwanda’s genocide? Micro-space, social influence and individual participation in intergroup violence
McDoom, Omar Shahabudin (2013) Who killed in Rwanda’s genocide? Micro-space, social influence and individual participation in intergroup violence. Journal of Peace Research, 50 (4). pp. 453-467. ISSN 1460-3578

Predicting violence within genocides: meso-level evidence from Rwanda
McDoom, Omar Shahabudin (2012) Predicting violence within genocides: meso-level evidence from Rwanda. WIDER Working Paper, 2012/106. UNU-WIDER, Helsinki, Finland. ISBN 9789292305727

The psychology of threat in intergroup conflict: emotions, rationality, and opportunity in the Rwandan genocide
McDoom, Omar Shahabudin (2012) The psychology of threat in intergroup conflict: emotions, rationality, and opportunity in the Rwandan genocide. International Security, 37 (2). pp. 119-155. ISSN 0162-2889

The psychology of security threats in ethnic warfare: evidence from Rwanda's genocide
McDoom, Omar (2011) The psychology of security threats in ethnic warfare: evidence from Rwanda's genocide. PSPE working papers, 5, 2011. The London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

Rwanda's exit pathway from violence: a strategic assessment
McDoom, Omar (2011) Rwanda's exit pathway from violence: a strategic assessment. World development report: background case study , 62054. World Bank.

Who kills?: social influence, spatial opportunity, and participation in inter-group violence
McDoom, Omar (2011) Who kills?: social influence, spatial opportunity, and participation in inter-group violence. PSPE working papers, 4 / 2011. The London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

War and genocide in Africa's Great Lakes region since independence
McDoom, Omar (2010) War and genocide in Africa's Great Lakes region since independence. In: Bloxham, Donald and Moses, A. Dirk, (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Genocide Studies. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. ISBN 9780199232116

Rwanda’s ordinary killers: interpreting popular participation in the Rwandan genocide
McDoom, Omar (2005) Rwanda’s ordinary killers: interpreting popular participation in the Rwandan genocide. Crisis States Research Centre working papers series 1, 77. Crisis States Research Centre, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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