As a field consultant for the Human Rights Data Analysis Group, Anita Gohdes has conducted research on estimating casualties in conflict, the challenges and biases of convenience samples, and analyzing trends in conflict-related violence. She has also provided statistical analysis on human rights violations in Iran and contributed toward a baseline study on violations committed against Mexican agricultural guest workers in the United States. She is currently working with Megan Price and Patrick Ball on estimating conflict fatalities in the Syrian civil war.
Anita is 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.
Anita earned a PhD in Political Science from the University of Mannheim (Germany), an M.Sc. from the University of Essex (UK), and a B.A. from the University of Konstanz (Germany).