Amanda Rothschild


Amanda Rothschild is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science and the MIT Security Studies Program. Her academic interests include US foreign policy, humanitarian intervention, ethical issues in international affairs, and historical methods. Her dissertation seeks to explain why leaders in the United States have frequently disagreed on the appropriate US response to mass killings abroad and to elucidate how these debates have translated into various US foreign policy outcomes.

Rothschild’s dissertation research has received support from the Tobin Project, the Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation, the Harry S. Truman Library Institute, and the MIT Center for International Studies. She is a recipient of the Harry Middleton Fellowship in Presidential Studies, a Tobin Project Graduate Research Fellowship in National Security, and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention Award. Rothschild will be a Research Fellow with the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government from 2015-2016.

Prior to MIT, Rothschild received her B.A. in Political Science with highest honors from Boston College, where she was awarded the Finneran Commencement Award, the highest undergraduate honor given to a graduating senior in the College of Arts and Sciences, the Carlisle Award, given to the most distinguished graduating senior in Political Science, and the McCarthy Award, for the most outstanding undergraduate thesis in the Social Sciences. She was a goalie on the Varsity Women’s Ice Hockey Team while attending Boston College and has enjoyed volunteer coaching with the MIT team in her free time.


"Out of the Nuremberg Nightmare- the Genocide Convention's Failure and the Efficacy of the Responsibility to Protect." Boston College, McCarthy Award Honors Thesis.