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Deborah MayersenDr Deborah Mayersen

Vice Chancellor's Postdoctoral Research Fellow
PhD, University of Melbourne, BA (Hons) University of Melbourne

Location: 19.1071
Phone: (02) 4221 4826
Email: mayersen@uow.edu.au

Biography

I am currently a Vice-Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Institute for Social Transformation Research, Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts.  My current research is in the field of genocide prevention. More broadly, my research interests and expertise are within the field of comparative genocide studies, including the Armenian and Rwandan genocides. Prior to commencing at The University of Wollongong, I was the Program Leader for the Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities at The Asia-Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, The University of Queensland. I have also previously taught a range of history subjects at The University of Melbourne. I completed my PhD in the School of Historical Studies at The University of Melbourne.

Current Research Project

'Why Not Genocide? Exploring Factors that Inhibit Genocide in at-risk Nations'. 

This project analyses the role of inhibitory factors in preventing ethnic violence from escalating into genocide.  Many nations can be identified as having some risk factors for genocide present, and these countries may experience ethnic tensions, racial propaganda and/or outbreaks of violence.  Relatively few of these nations will go on to experience a large-scale genocide, however. This project examines the role and importance of inhibitory factors in genocide prevention.  In doing so, it is expected to identify opportunities to transform societies in ways that reduce their risk of extreme violence.

Publications

Searchable RIS publications from 2000 to date

Selected Recent Publications

  • Deborah Mayersen (ed.), The United Nations and Genocide (New york, Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming).
  • Deborah Mayersen, "'Fraternity in Diversity" or "Feudal Fanatics"? Representations of Ethnicity in Rwandan Presidential Rhetoric', Patterns of Prejudice 49, no. 3 (in press, publication July 2015).
  • Deborah Mayersen, 'Deconstructing Risk and Developing Resilience: The Role of Inhibitory Factors in Genocide Prevention', in Reconstructing Atrocity Prevention, ed. Tiberiu Galis, Sheri Rosenberg and Alex Zucker, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, in press, publication 2015).
  • Deborah Mayersen, 'Rethinking Approaches to Prevention under the Responsibility to Protect: Agency and Empowerment within Vulnerable Populations,' in Mass Atrocities, Risk and Resilience: Rethinking Prevention, ed. Stephen McLoughlin (ed.) (Leiden: Brill, in press, publication 2015).
  • Deborah Mayersen, ‘One Hundred Days of Horror: Portraying Genocide in Rwanda’, Rethinking History: The Journal of Theory and Practice 19, no. 3 (paper edition 2015, online edition currently available). 
  • Deborah Mayersen, ‘Rethinking Approaches to Prevention under the Responsibility to Protect: Agency and Empowerment within Vulnerable Populations,’ Global Responsibility to Protect 6, no. 4 (in-press, publication late 2014)
  • Deborah Mayersen, ‘“Once Upon a Time there was a Wonderful Country”: Representations of History in Rwanda’, The Australasian Review of African Studies 35, no. 1 (June 2014): 23-38
  • Deborah Mayersen, On the Path to Genocide: Armenia and Rwanda Re-examined, (New York: Berghahn Books, 2014).
  • Stephen McLoughlin and Deborah Mayersen, ‘Reconsidering Root Causes: A New Framework for the Structural Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities’. In Genocide, Risk and Resilience: An Interdisciplinary Approach, ed. Bert Ingelaere, Stephan Parmentier, Jacques Haers and Barbara Segaert (New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2013). 
  • Deborah Mayersen and Annie Pohlman (eds.), Genocide and Mass Atrocities in Asia: Legacies and Prevention, (New York: Routledge, 2013). 
  • Deborah Mayersen, ‘“Never Again” or Again and Again: The Genocide Convention, the Responsibility to Protect and Mass Atrocity Prevention’. In Genocide and Mass Atrocities in Asia: Legacies and Prevention, ed. Deborah Mayersen and Annie Pohlman, (New York: Routledge, 2013).
  • Deborah Mayersen and Annie Pohlman, ‘Introduction’. In Genocide and Mass Atrocities in Asia: Legacies and Prevention, ed. Deborah Mayersen and Annie Pohlman, (New York: Routledge, 2013). 
  • Deborah Mayersen, ‘Responding to Genocide: Mobilising Political Will in Australia’,  Australian Policy and History, February 2013.
  • Deborah Mayersen, ‘“Deep Cleavages that Divide”: The Origins and Development of Ethnic Violence in Rwanda’, Critical Race and Whiteness Studies 8, no. 2 (December 2012).
  • Deborah Mayersen and Stephen McLoughlin, ‘Risk and Resilience to Mass Atrocities in Africa: A Comparison of Rwanda and Botswana’, Journal of Genocide Research 13, no. 3 (2011): 247-269.
  • Deborah Mayersen, ‘Current and Potential Capacity for the Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities within the United Nations System,’ Global Responsibility to Protect 3, no. 2 (2011): 197-222.
  • Deborah Mayersen, ‘On the Timing of Genocide,’ Genocide Studies and Prevention 5, no. 1 (April 2010): 20-38. 

Research Students

I am happy to supervise research students in genocide studies, including the Holocaust, the Armenian genocide and the Rwandan genocide. I am also happy to supervise research students exploring aspects of mass violence in the twentieth century. 

Professional Membership

Australian Historical Association
International Association of Genocide Scholars
African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific (AFSAAP)

Last reviewed: 24 March, 2015