Type: Seminar

Explaining tolerance for misconduct in the security force


Dr. Sabrina Karim, Cornell University

Date & time

Sep 28, 2023, 4:00-5:30 pm EDT


Weill Hall 1110

This is an in-person event for current U-M faculty, staff and students.

Light refreshments will be provided.

The IPRS is a multi-disciplinary speaker series that will showcase research-in-progress on international phenomena presented by invited (external) faculty guests. This year’s theme is “Constructing and Destructing Global Orders.”  Please join Dr. Sabrina Karim (Cornel University) as she discusses tolerance for misconduct in the security force. 

About the Speaker

Dr. Sabrina Karim is the Hardis Family Assistant Professor in Government at Cornell University.  She directs the Gender and Security Sector Lab funded by Global Affairs Canada and is the PI of the NSF CAREER award “The Domestic and International Politics of Global Police.” 

Her research focuses on conflict and peace processes, particularly state building in the aftermath of civil war. Specifically, she studies international involvement in security assistance to post-conflict states, gender reforms in peacekeeping and domestic security sectors, and the relationship between gender and violence.

She is the co-author of Equal Opportunity Peacekeeping: Women, Peace, and Security in Post-Conflict Countries (Oxford University Press, 2017). The book was the winner of the Conflict Research Studies Best Book Prize for 2017 and the American Political Science Association Conflict Processes Best Book Award for 2018. She is also co-author of the book Positioning Women in Conflict Studies: How Women’s Status Affects Political Violence (Under Contract at Oxford University Press, Forthcoming in 2024). Her work has appeared in the American Political Science Review, International Organization, the British Journal of Political Science, The Journal of Peace Research, International Interactions, World Development, among others.

Born and raised in Colorado, Sabrina received her PhD from Emory University in 2016. Prior to her doctorate degree, she received a Fulbright Fellowship and received her master’s degree as a Clarendon Scholar from Oxford University. She has an undergraduate degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.


What makes security force personnel less likely to hold violent preferences? Using Cornell University's Gender and Security Sector lab survey data from over ten countries’ security forces, we find that preferences for violence vary across security personnel's sex and gendered belief systems. We also consider soldier/police officer victimization, cohesion within the security forces, and peacekeeping deployment. These findings have important policy implications for the recruitment and behavior of security force personnel globally

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