McDoom, Omar

Dr Omar McDoom  


Position held

Assistant Professor in Comparative Politics


Experience keywords:

African politics; Burundi; Democratic Republic of Congo; Great Lakes; Rwanda; Uganda; civil wars; ethnic conflict; genocide; insurgency; international development; political violence; terrorism

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Dr McDoom is interested in the causes of political violence between groups - be they defined along ethnic, religious, or other social lines. Genocides, civil wars, ethnic conflicts, as well as insurgencies and terrorism are within the scope of his interest. He has particular knowledge of the Rwandan genocide and of Africa’s Great Lakes region more generally. He is also interested in the politics of the development and humanitarian aid industries – especially in how they operate in sub-Saharan Africa.

Dr McDoom has previously held research fellowships at Harvard and Oxford Universities. He 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 co-directs a non-profit organisation, Latin Balle Pee, which develops leadership ability in children caught in northern Uganda's civil war: .

Dr McDoom holds law degrees from Kings College London and the Université de Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne, a Masters in International Development Studies (George Washington University) and a PhD in Development Studies (London School of Economics). He is an Attorney at the New York Bar.

Countries and regions to which research relates:

Burundi; Democratic Republic of Congo; Rwanda; Sub-Saharan Africa; Uganda


Arabic [Spoken: Basic, Written: Basic]; French [Spoken: Fluent, Written: Intermediate]; German [Spoken: Basic, Written: Basic]; Spanish [Spoken: Basic, Written: Basic]; Swahili [Spoken: Basic, Written: Basic]

Media experience:

Has written for mainstream press; Radio; TV

Contact Points

LSE phone number:

+44 (0)207 955 7557



McDoom, Omar Shahabudin (2018) Ethnic inequality, cultural distance, and social integration: evidence from a native-settler conflict in the Philippines Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. 1-21. ISSN 1369-183X


McDoom, Omar Shahabudin (2017) Inequality, ethnicity, and social cohesion WIDER Working Paper, 2017/204. United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research, Helsinki, Finland. ISBN 9789292564308


McDoom, Omar Shahabudin and Gisselquist, Rachel M. (2016) The measurement of ethnic and religious divisions: spatial, temporal, and categorical dimensions with evidence from Mindanao, the Philippines Social Indicators Research, 129 (2). 863-891. ISSN 0303-8300

McDoom, Omar Shahabudin (2016) Horizontal inequality, status optimization, and interethnic marriage in a conflict-affected society WIDER Working Paper, 2016/167. UNU-WIDER, Helsinki, Finland. ISBN 9789292562113


Gisselquist, Rachel M. and McDoom, Omar (2015) The conceptualization and measurement ofethnic and religious divisions:categorical, temporal, and spatial dimensions with evidencefrom Mindanao, the Philippines WIDER Working Paper, 2015/022. World Institute for Development Economics Research (WIDER), Helsinki. ISBN 9789292309077


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

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


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). 453-467. ISSN 1460-3578


McDoom, Omar (2012) Are the criticisms of the #Kony2012 campaign justified? Africa at LSE (19 Mar 2012) Blog entry

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

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


McDoom, Omar (2011) LSE Research: the psychology of security threats: evidencefrom Rwanda Africa at LSE (5 Dec 2011) Blog entry

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

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.

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.


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


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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