Department of Political Science
Please consult my attached curriculum vitae on the right side of this page for full descriptions of my research activities, teaching record, and academic involvement.
My primary research interests are centred on human rights and atrocity crimes. My dissertation focusses on crimes I call "Displacement Atrocities" - in short, how perpetrators use displacement to commit atrocity crimes (genocide, crimes against humanity, and/or war crimes). My dissertation offers an inductive typology of Displacement Atrocities based on the following cases: the Herero Genocide (1904-1908), the Ottoman Genocide of Christian Minorities (1912-1925), the Syrian Displacement Crisis (2011-present), and the Expulsion of Ethnic Germans from East/Central Europe (1944-1950).
Another project series I am working on deals with the destruction of the home: "Domicide". Myself, Dr. Bree Akesson of Wilfrid Laurier University and Dr. Myriam Denov of McGill University related domicide to Article 11 of the ICESCR (the right to an adequate standard of living) and explored its implications for the rights of the child. I am currently working on collaborative projects on domicide.
Researching and understanding democracy in Russia, Rwanda, and Turkey is the subject of an article I am writing on the degeneration of these democracies into semi-authoritarian states.
I am relating the rise of the so-called alt-right to human rights, hate speech, and how to understand the use of discriminatory code words in terms of free speech.
I also research just war theory and security studies. I am currently working on a project to determine how the just war can inform our moral and ethical dilemmas in military medical interventions.
Finally, I am working on Indigenizing a number of my research activities and teaching to include Indigenous cases and knowledge according to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Call to Action No. 62.
Basso, A.R. and Akesson, B. (In Progress). ?Domicide: Identifying Types of Destruction of the Home during Political Violence and Armed Conflict.?
Akesson, B., Basso, A.R., Denov, M. (Forthcoming 2016). ?The Right to Home: Domicide as a Violation of Child and Family Rights in the Context of Political Violence?, Children and Society.
Basso, A.R. (Forthcoming 2016). ?Remembering Them All: Including and Excluding Atrocity Crime Victims?, Understanding Atrocities. Calgary: University of Calgary Press.
Basso, A.R. (June 2016). ?Towards a Theory of Displacement Atrocities: The Cherokee Trail of Tears, The Herero Genocide, and the Pontic Greek Genocide?, Genocide Studies and Prevention 10(1): 5-29.