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Elizabeth Herman

Dissertation Fellow
UC Berkeley

Biz Herman received her Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perry World House and part of the Borders and Boundaries Project as well as the Human Trafficking Vulnerability Lab and the Trauma and Global Mental Health Lab. Her research lies at the intersection of international relations, comparative politics, and political behavior, and examines the ways in which experiencing trauma and violence, both at the individual and collective levels, shape social cohesion and prospects for peace. Her dissertation, which examines how individual trauma response affects intergroup relations and support for reconciliation after conflict, won the Best Dissertation Award from the Political Psychology section of the American Political Science Association.

Expertise & Interests

  • International relations
  • Comparative politics
  • Political behavior
  • Trauma
  • Violence