About

I’m a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Massachussets, Amherst. I received an MA in Political Science from San Diego State University and a BA in political science from San Francisco State University.

My dissertation examines the varied effects the rules of war have on the treatment of civilians in armed conflict. Whereas much of the existing research on whether and how warring parties comply with the rules of war focus exclusively on regulative effects (i.e. the carrots and sticks associated with compliance/violations), I also examine the permissive and constitutive effects of international humanitarian law on warring party behavior. To do so I am building on existing data collection efforts, constructing an indicator that better signals the degree to which actors value their legal obligations in general and international humanitarian law in particular, and using process tracing in case study analyses. To learn more about the project, please email me at apezeshk@polsci.umass.edu or direct message me on Twitter.

You can access and download a copy of my CV here.

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