Hollie Nyseth Nzitatira

Hollie Nyseth Nzitatira

Hollie Nyseth Nzitatira

Associate Professor


614 292-0851

Townshend Hall 162
1885 Neil Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210

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Areas of Expertise

  • Criminology
  • Peace & Conflict
  • Sociology of Law
  • Violence
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Collective Memory
  • Transitional Justice
  • Human Rights
  • Genocide


  • Ph.D. - Sociology, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  • MA - Sociology, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  • BA - Sociology & Political Science, University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse

Hollie Nyseth Nzitatira CV [PDF]

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 scholarship has been 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, and I recently completed a fellowship at the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study. I am on sabbatical for the 2021-2022 academic year. 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. I have been honored to receive 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. Apart from teaching, I particularly love advising undergraduate thesis research. I am the Global Editor in Chief of the International Association of Genocide Scholars Policy Brief Initiative and serve as a consultant for a federal instability and atrocity prediction task force. I also work with several nonprofit and government organizations related to atrocity prevention, memorialization, and refugee advocacy.

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