Caitlin Crahan is a senior studying political science and mathematics. She spent the fall of 2018 abroad at Trinity College in Dublin and began to learn Arabic there. Crahan interned at The Carter Center in the summer of 2018 in the conflict resolution departments, working on their Syria and Israel-Palestine projects. In the summer of 2019, Crahan worked at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C., as a research assistant in the university’s leadership department. Since joining the Kellogg International Scholars Program in 2017, her work with Professor Ernesto Verdeja has focused on genocide and mass atrocities, specifically triggers and conditions around each circumstance. This year, Crahan plans to write a senior thesis on the effects of U.S. and Russian intervention in the Syrian Civil War. She hopes to study Arabic in Jordan through the Boren Scholarship after graduation, and end up back in Washington working for either the State Department or USAID.
I study political science with a focus on international relations, and I hope to find a career that combines humanitarian crises and international politics. I am specifically interested in the Middle East and hope to continue developing my knowledge about the region's politics in future classes, research, and internships.
I am currently working with Professor Verdeja to code cases of mass killing over history to determine possible triggers in hopes that this information can predict and prevent future mass atrocities. In the past, we have researched triggers of genocide more generally.