Anita Gohdes

Main focus: Political Violence, Human Rights Measurement, and Data Analysis.

Twitter handle: @ARGohdes


Languages: English, German

City: Zürich/Berlin

Country: Switzerland

Topics: data analysis, data science, human rights, censorship, technology & human rights, violence, conflict


Anita Gohdes is Assistant Professor of International Relations at the University of Zurich. From 2015-2016 she was a postdoctoral fellow focusing on "Empirical Studies of Gender and Political Violence," a joint fellowship by the Belfer Center's International Security Program and the Women and Public Policy Program at the Harvard Kennedy School. Her work focuses on political violence, state repression, and the relationship between new media and conflict. Her doctoral dissertation, for which she was awarded the German Dissertation Prize, theoretically and empirically investigated the way in which governments use digital communication technology to inform their strategies of violent repression. Since 2009, she has been working for the Human Rights Data Analysis Group, where among other projects, she has been involved in providing statistical analyses of documented killings in the Syrian conflict for the UN Human Rights Office. Her work appears in the Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Peace Research, Journal of Human Rights, Significance, and Oxford University Press. Anita earned a Ph.D., summa cum laude, in Political Science from the University of Mannheim, an M.Sc. from the University of Essex, and a B.A. from the University of Konstanz.

Examples of previous talks / appearances:

Talk at #31c3

RE:PUBLICA 2015: Pics or it didn't happen – How does social media access affect what we know about killings in the Syrian conflict?