Christopher Wiley Shay, PhD

Christopher Wiley Shay, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Harvard University


I am a postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health, where I study human rights abuse in the context of civil wars and popular uprisings.

I am particularly interested in explaining why severe human rights abuse sometimes persists despite democratization, and how it can finally be ended. This work draws on qualitative fieldwork from South Asia, quantitative analyses, and several original datasets. My peer-reviewed articles have been published by the Journal of Global Security Studies and the Journal of Peace Research, while my policy-oriented scholarship has been featured by the International Institute for Strategic Studies, Political Violence at a Glance, and the Washington Post.

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  • Human Rights & State Repression
  • Nonviolent Resistance
  • Insurgencies
  • Transitional Justice
  • PhD in International Studies, 2021

    University of Denver

  • MSc in Peace and Conflict Studies, 2012

    Uppsala University

  • BA in International Studies, 2009

    Hanover College

Recent Publications

(2023). Swords into ploughshares? Why human rights abuses persist after resistance campaigns. In Journal of Peace Research.

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(2023). The Long-term Consequences of Violent Vs. Nonviolent Rebellion. In Civil War Paths.

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(2022). Updating Nonviolent Campaigns: Introducing NAVCO 2.1. In Journal of Peace Research.

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