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Research & Internships

Current Faculty Research
  • Atrocity Early Warning Application. The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and the Center for the Prevention of Genocide have partnered to create an Atrocity Early Warning Application.  The “app” will be developed by an interdisciplinary team of cadets and faculty as part of a Defense Advanced Research and Projects Agency (DARPA) competition, culminating in May 2014.  For more on the project, click here. Atrocity Early Warning App Proposal.pdfAtrocity Early Warning App Proposal.pdf
  • “Water Vulnerability and Mass Violence” – Dr. David Frey, Dr. Amy Krakowka, Dr. Robert Goldstein & Dr. Charles Thomas. Detail about this multi-disciplinary faculty/cadet research project can be found here.
  • Amy Dylan cadets on Dr. Fredrick Tumwines farm25.jpgWater Dialogue 2012.JPG
    Dr. Amy Krakowka, Major Dylan Malcomb and cadets conduct field study on     CHGS affiliated West Point faculty participants in Interagency
    the relationship between water and vulnerability in Uganda. Photo taken       in 2012 water security dialogue.                                                   

    on the farm of Dr. Fredrick Tumwines of Makerere University.
  • “Human Rights, Espionage, and Holocaust Memory in Hungary, 1945-1953” – Dr. David Frey. This study focuses on Hungarian responses to US and international accusations of violations of human rights charters, and investigates ties between previously unacknowledged espionage, questions of rights and justice, and mobilization of Holocaust memory. Dr. Frey will be in Budapest during the Fall of 2012 doing archival research on this project.
  • “Ordinary Soldiers: A Case Study in Ethics, Law and Leadership for Tomorrow’s Officers” – Dr. Waitman Beorn, COL (R) Jody Prescott, Dr. David Frey, Ms. Gretchen Skidmore & Ms. Jennifer Ciardelli. This article, lesson, and packet of supplemental materials is specifically designed for military audiences. It uses the actions and experiences of the 1st Battalion, 691st Infantry Regiment, of the German Wehrmacht, performing rear area security duties in the first week of October 1941, in occupied Belarus. By examining responses of specific company commanders to eliminate Jews in their respective areas of operations, “Ordinary Soldiers” raises a host of legal, ethical, psychological, and historical questions of immediate relevance to today’s officers.
  • "Networks of Somali Pirate Capitalism in the Indian Ocean" – Dr. Charles Thomas & Dr. David Frey. Detail about this AFRICOM funded, network science-based historical study can be found by clicking here.
Recent and On-going cadet Research Projects and Theses
The CHGS facilitates and underwrites cadet research projects, either through independent study, capstone projects or honors theses.  Below are examples of works the Center has underwritten, or the Center Director has supervised or advised.

  •  Gabriel Beck – Comparative and Competing Memories.  German Memorialization of the Holocaust in Munich and Berlin.
  •  Curtis Valencia – Changing Norms.  Legal, Institutional, and Philosophical Changes Leading to NATO’s 2011 Intervention in Libya.
  • Shawna Moore – “Control of the Nile: Debates, Disputes, and Legal Precedents, 1898-2015”
  • James O’Keefe – “An Indispensable Ally: The Romanian Army in the Conquest of the Crimea.”
  • USAFA Cadets Christian Ferrarini, Stephen Orians, and Benjamin Persian -“Understanding Genocide through Rational Action and Evolutionary Game Theory.”  
  • Charles Costanzo - “Atrocity Early Warning: A Historiographical Study of the Prevention of Mass Atrocities”
  • Regina DiMarco – “A Hippocritic Oath: The Nuremberg Code and the Birth of Medical Ethics”
  •  Erin Kocher – “The Bosnia War and the Concept of Genocide”
  • Evan Kowalski – “Modern Deception: A Look into the Problem of Collective Memory in the Construction of A Nation in Post-Vichy France”
  •  Claire Williams – “The US Media and Government during Rwanda: A Convenient Partnership Against ‘Doing Something’”
  •  Charles Costanzo, Erin Kocher, Claire Williams, Micah Douglas, Taylor Herrington – “The Mass Atrocity Risk Assessment ‘App’”
  • Regina DiMarco – “Health Care and Hygiene in the Ghettos. Jewish Medicine and Medical Ethics under Nazi Domination”
  • Joseph Ramos – “Origins of Genocide: Rwanda under Belgian Colonization”


  • Natalia Gruenbaum – “The Beautiful Cockroach: How Hutu Power Ideology Normalized Violence Against Tutsi Women During the 1994 Rwandan Genocide and How Sexual Violence Indirectly Developed as a Result of Sexualized Propaganda and Ethnic Myth” and “The Myth of the Rwandan Genocide: Western Perceptions of African Tribalism and Ethnicity.” 
  • Tara Lacson – “Sanctioned Discrimination: Church Complicity in the Rwandan Genocide”
  • Carl Rios – “The Spatial Distribution of Genocide” (with the Network Science Center)
  • Morgan Tucker – “Propaganda and Cultural Hatred”
  • Dan Zeller – “Ethnic Propaganda in Sudan: The Spark of Ethnic Cleansing”


The CHGS supports a variety of internships, research opportunities, and intensive foreign studies (staff rides) for cadets. Some are listed below, while others change annually. In 2015, for example, the Center helped plan, execute and fund a trip on the literature and philosophy of the Holocaust run by the Department of English and Philosophy at West Point.  This two-week trip, which made stops in Prague, Budapest, Krakow and Auschwitz, is an example of how the CHGS promotes inter-departmental cooperation.  The Center also prioritizes allowing cadets the opportunity to study genocide and mass atrocity by traveling abroad independently to take part in special programs or conduct archival research. For more information, contact the Center’s Director, David Frey.