Dr Omar McDoom

 Omar McDoom

Assistant Professor in Comparative Politics

Email: o.s.mcdoom@lse.ac.uk| 
Office: CON6.09, Connaught House
Office Hours: Wednesdays 10.30pm-12.30pm
Tel:  +44 (0)20 7955 7557
Website: http://omarmcdoom.com/|

Biography


Dr McDoom joined the LSE in 2009 as a Lecturer in Comparative Politics.  He welcomes inquiries from researchers, journalists, and students in the following areas:

  1. African Politics: He has particular knowledge of the Great Lakes of Africa comprising Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
  2. Political and Ethnic Violence: He has a particular interest in civil wars, ethnic conflicts, genocides, and to a lesser extent terrorism, insurgencies, and guerrilla warfare.

Dr. McDoom's 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 came to participate in the genocide but others did not.  The research was originally conducted as part of a doctorate which won the British International Studies Association's prize for best thesis in 2009-2010.

He has previously 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 at Oxford University, in the Department of Politics and International Relations.

Dr. McDoom has worked as a Policy Officer for the World Bank, a Legal Officer for the Government of Guyana, and on electoral missions for the OSCE and UN. He currently co-directs a non-profit organisation which develops leadership potential in children caught in northern Uganda's civil war: www.thechildisinnocent.org|

Dr McDoom holds 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. He is an Attorney (non-practicing) admitted in New York.

Research Interests


  • Ethnic Violence
  • Civil wars
  • Genocides
  • African Politics
  • International Development
  • Religious Extremism
  • Terrorism
  • Radical Islam
  • Insurgency
  • Guerrilla Warfare
  • Human Rights
  • International Criminal Law

Teaching Responsibilities


  • GV4F9: African Politics, Wars and Violence 

Publications


Who killed in Rwanda’s genocide? Micro-space, social influence and individual participation in intergroup violence
McDoom, Omar (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

Antisocial capital: a profile of Rwandan genocide perpetrators’ social networks
McDoom, Omar Shahabudin (2013) Antisocial capital: a profile of Rwandan genocide perpetrators’ social networks. Journal of Conflict Resolution, Online . ISSN 1552-8766 (In Press)

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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