Adam Lichtenheld is a PhD candidate in the Travers Department of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. His research focuses on forced migration, civil war, political violence, international intervention, and governance in conflict-affected environments. Adam's dissertation examines the use of population displacement as a weapon of war and employs a multi-method approach, combining statistical analysis of 159 civil wars (1945-2004) with in-depth case studies from Uganda (1986-2006) and Syria (2011-present). He has conducted extensive fieldwork on internal displacement in Uganda and with Syrian refugees in Turkey. Adam's research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Institute of Peace, the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, the University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation, and the Berkeley Human Rights Center. His writing on displacement has been published in multiple series for the Project on Middle East Political Science (POMEPS) along with the Washington Post's Monkey Cage and U.N. Dispatch.
Adam also serves as a research and evaluation consultant for USAID, most recently on Syria. Prior to beginning his Ph.D. at Berkeley, he reported for National Geographic and worked on USAID-funded stabilization and political transition programs in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and South Sudan.