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Hollie Nyseth Brehm

Department Affiliations


  • genocide
  • criminology
  • sociology of law
  • human rights
  • environmental sociology
  • peace and conflict studies
  • sociology of knowledge
  • global and transnational sociology

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. Candidate: Sociology, University of Minnesota.
  • Graduate Minor: Human Rights, University of Minnesota.
  • M.A. : Sociology, University of Minnesota.
  • BS: Sociology and Political Science, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, 2008.


  • Articles
  • Pellow, David N. and Hollie Nyseth Brehm. “From the ‘New Environmental Paradigm’ to ‘Total Liberation’: The Emergence of a Social Movement Frame.” Conditional acceptance at The Sociological Quarterly.
  • Zacher, Megan, Hollie Nyseth Brehm, and Joachim Savelsberg. Forthcoming. “NGOs, IOs, and the ICC: Diagnosing and Framing Darfur.” Sociological Forum.
  • Pellow, David N. and Hollie Nyseth Brehm. "Environmental Sociology and the Sociology of Environmental Studies." 2013. Annual Review of Sociology. Volume 39.
  • Kim, Minzee, Wesley Longhofer, Elizabeth Heger Boyle, and Hollie Nyseth Brehm. 2013. “Child Rights, Population Policies, and Adolescent Fertility, 1989-2006.” Law & Society Review 47(3): 589-619.
  • Nyseth, Hollie, Sarah Shannon, Kia Heise, and Suzy Maves McElrath. 2011. “Embedded Sociologists.“ Contexts, Spring 2011.
  • Revise and Resubmits
  • Nyseth Brehm, Hollie. “Assessing Preconditions of Modern Genocide.” R & R at the American Journal of Sociology.
  • Book Chapters and Other Publications
  • Nyseth Brehm, Hollie. “The Crime of Genocide.” Forthcoming. Crime and the Punished. Ed. by Douglas Hartmann and Christopher Uggen. W.W. Norton & Company. Originally published as a special feature on The Society Pages, December 10, 2012. Link
  • Golden, Shannon and Hollie Nyseth Brehm. Forthcoming. “International Criminal Justice.” Crime and the Punished. Ed. by Douglas Hartmann and Christopher Uggen. W.W. Norton & Company. Originally published as a Roundtable on The Society Pages, February 13, 2013.
  • Nyseth Brehm, Hollie and David Pellow. “Sociology of Environmental Justice.” Forthcoming. Color Lines and Racial Angles. W.W. Norton & Company.
  • Nyseth Brehm, Hollie and David N. Pellow. Forthcoming. "Environmental Justice: Pollution, Poverty, and Marginalized Communities." Routledge Handbook of Environmental Politics. Ed. by Paul Harris.
  • Savelsberg, Joachim and Hollie Nyseth Brehm. "Darfur in the Media." Will appear in a book with John Hagan and Jens Meierhenrich. Cambridge University Press.
  • Savelsberg, Joachim and Hollie Nyseth. 2012. "Collective Representations of Atrocity and National Identity: The Case of Darfur." Chapter in Crossing Borders, Shifting Boundaries: National and Transnational Identities in Europe and Beyond. Ed. by Markus Hadler and Franz Hoellinger. University of Chicago Press.
  • Boyle, Elizabeth and Hollie Nyseth. 2011. "Why the Underutilization of Child Rights in Global Mobilization? The Cases of Female Genital Cutting Practices and User Fees for Education." Chapter in Human Rights: New Possibilities/New Problems. Studies in Law, Politics, and Society, Vol. 56. Ed. by Austin Sarat. Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
  • Discoveries and Reflected Appraisals. 2009-2011. Contexts, various issues.
  • Nyseth, Hollie. 2008. "I Am Not Lazy: Panhandling in Urban México." University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Journal of Undergraduate Research.

Research Activities

  • Never Again: Assessing Preconditions of Genocide: NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, 2010 - present
  • Collective Representations and Memories of Atrocities after Judicial Interventions: The Case of Darfur in International Comparison : Research Assistant for Joachim Savelsberg, 2010 - present
  • Genocide and the Age Distribution of Crime: Graduate Research Partnership Program with Chris Uggen, 2012 - present
  • The Cost of Rights or the Right Cost? The Impact of Global Economic and Human Rights Policies on Child Well-Being Since 1989: Research Project with Elizabeth Heger Boyle, 2009 - present
  • Framing Earth and Animal Liberation Movements : Research Assistant for David Pellow, 2008 - 2010
  • The Rule of Law in Times of Public Insecurity: Research Project on Mexico's Judicial Reform with Barbara Frey, 2009 - 2011
  • Research Intern: Rwandan National Commission for the Fight Against Genocide, 2013
  • Human Rights Research Intern: Baha’i International Community at the United Nations, Spring 2011
  • Research and Grant Consultant: University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Research Center for Cultural Diversity and Community Renewal, Summer 2010
  • Research Intern: Mexico City Human Rights Commission, Summer 2009
  • Research Intern: Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project, Winter 2009

Professional Activities

  • The Society Pages Graduate Editor: 2012 - present
  • The Society Pages Graduate Student Editorial Board: 2011 - present
  • Contexts Graduate Student Editorial Board : 2009 - 2011
  • Co-Editor of "Teaching the Social World"/"Teaching TSP" and "Citings & Sightings" Blogs: Contexts & The Society Pages , 2010 - present

Outreach Activities

  • Chair of the Board of Directors of Heritage Academy of Science and Technology: Minneapolis Contract-Alternative Middle and High School, 2011 - present
  • Secretary of the Board of Directors of Heritage Academy and Science and Technology: Minneapolis Contract-Alternative Middle and High School, 2008 - 2011
  • Minnesota-Mexico Connection Advisory Committee: Committee of Minnesota judges, lawyers, and human rights advocates that works with Mexican NGOs and universities to aid the implementation of judicial reform, 2009 - 2011
  • Chair of Solidarity in Health: Student group that raises money to send medical supplies to rural hospitals around the world, 2008 - present
  • Intern: Pro Centro (NGO), Puebla, Mexico, 2008
  • Education Intern (Instructor): Puebla, Mexico Women's Prison, 2007
  • Youth Instructor: Promoters of Human Rights and a Democratic Life, Mexico, 2007
  • Intern: Center for the Development of Women, Cuetzalan, Mexico, 2007


  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, 2010 - 2013
  • National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant, 2013 - 2014
  • Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, Graduate School, University of Minnesota, 2013 - 2014
  • Council of Graduate Students Grant, Spring 2013
  • Graduate Research Partnership Program, University of Minnesota, Summer 2012
  • Dunn Peace Research Scholarship, University of Minnesota, Spring 2012
  • Outstanding Graduate Research Paper Award, Sociology Department, University of Minnesota, Spring 2012
  • Midwest Sociological Society Dissertation Grant, Spring 2012
  • Anna Welsch Bright Award, Sociology Department, University of Minnesota, Fall 2011
  • Engaged Sociology Award, Sociology Department, University of Minnesota, Spring 2011
  • Public Sociology Award, Sociology Department, University of Minnesota, Spring 2011
  • Vincent Hawkinson Foundation for Peace and Justice Fellowship, Summer 2010
  • Human Rights and Transitional Justice Grant, University of Minnesota Human Rights Program, Spring 2010, 2012
  • Upper Midwest Human Rights Fellowship, Summer 2009

Courses Taught

  • Sociology of International Law, Summer 2013
  • Human Rights Internship, Global Studies Co-Instructor, Spring 2012
  • American Race Relations (TA), Fall 2008
  • Social Statistics (TA), Spring 2007, Fall 2007, Spring 2008
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