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. My dissertation offers a typology of Displacement Atrocities which includes the following cases: the Herero Genocide, the Ottoman Genocide of Christian Minorities, the Expulsion of Ethnic Germans from East/Central Europe, and the Crimes Against Darfurians in Sudan.
Another project series I am working on deals with "Domicide", the destruction of the home, in regards to child rights, intergenerational trauma, and types of home destructions in episodes of political violence. This series is a collaboration with co-authors Dr. Bree Akesson of Wilfrid Laurier University and Dr. Myriam Denov of McGill University.
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.
The recent record-setting numbers of people displaced in the world (60+ million) have prompted me to further understand displacement not only as a tool of committing atrocities, but also as an explicit political tool to solve policy problems for perpetrators of forced displacements.
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.