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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
  • Regina DiMarco – “Health Care and Hygiene in the Ghettos. Jewish Medicine and Medical Ethics under Nazi Domination”
  • 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 staff rides for cadets. Some are listed below, while others change annually. The Center promotes inter-departmental cooperation and prioritizes allowing cadets the opportunity to study genocide and mass atrocity by traveling abroad or to outstanding archives. For more information, contact the Center’s Director, David Frey.