University of Calgary

Andrew Basso

  • Doctoral Student
  • Sessional Instructor

Specific Research Interests

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 Herero Genocide (1904-1908) and the Ottoman Genocide of Christian Minorities (1914-1925).

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.

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.


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.

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Wegner, N. and Basso, A.R. (Submitted for review). “Common Structures, Exceptional Differences? Sexual Political Violence in War, Atrocity, and Peace.”

Basso, A.R. (2017). “Remembering Them All: Including and Excluding Atrocity Crime Victims”, Understanding Atrocities. Calgary: University of Calgary Press.

Akesson, B., Basso, A.R., Denov, M. (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. (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.


Curriculum Vitae


  • MA - Political Science
    Wilfrid Laurier University, 2013
  • BA Honours - History and International Studies
    University of Waterloo, 2012

Current Studies

  • Doctoral Student
    Degree: Doctor of Philosophy
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