Meghan Garrity

Meghan Garrity

Ph.D. Student in Comparative Politics

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Meghan Garrity is a Political Science PhD candidate at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests include forced migration, ethnic conflict, nationalism, genocide and human rights. Her dissertation, “Disorderly and Inhumane: Explaining Government-Sponsored Mass Expulsion” examines why and how governments expel ethnic groups en masse. Garrity’s project takes a longue durée approach, documenting 139 mass expulsion events from 1900-2020 affecting over 30 million citizens and non-citizens across the world. She compares countries that expelled with countries that seemed likely to expel but refrained, in order to isolate the key factors that enable or constrain government expulsion decisions. Garrity has over ten years of experience as a humanitarian and development practitioner throughout Africa and the Middle East, most recently with the International Rescue Committee in Turkey and Jordan.