Amanda Rothschild


Amanda Rothschild is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science and the MIT Security Studies Program. Her academic interests include international relations theory, US foreign policy, humanitarian intervention, presidential history, human rights, 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, the MIT Center for International Studies, and the MIT Political Science Department. She is a recipient of the Harry Middleton Fellowship in Presidential Studies, a Tobin Project Graduate Research Fellowship in National Security, a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention Award, and the 2016 International Studies Association Patricia Weitsman Award for the best graduate paper on any aspect of security studies. Rothschild has also been a predoctoral fellow with the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.

Rothschild received her B.A., summa cum laude, in Political Science from Boston College in 2011. At commencement, she was awarded the Finneran Commencement Award, the highest honor given to a graduating senior in the College of Arts and Sciences, the Donald S. Carlisle Award, for outstanding achievement in Political Science, and the John McCarthy S.J. Award, for the most distinguished honors, "Scholar of the College" thesis in the social sciences.


“ISIS and Genocide: How the United States Talks about Atrocities,” Foreign Affairs, February 28, 2016.

“American Dream in ‘N.Y. Values,”  Boston Herald, February 7, 2016, Opinion, 16. 2015.

“The Quiet Whistle-Blowers Who Saved Jewish Lives,” Boston Globe, Ideas/Opinion, November 1, 2015, K5.

“Policy Relevant Scholarship: What’s Chutzpah Got To Do With It?” War on the Rocks, July 6, 2015. /2015/07/policy-relevant-scholarship-whats-chutzpah-got-to-do-with-it/

“Think of those who spoke out when it was risky to do so,” Boston Globe, July 5, 2015, Readers’ Forum, Opinion, K8.
Reprinted in the December 26, 2015 Boston Globe New Year’s Opinion Section “2015: the year in your own words” as a featured letter from July, 2015. Seventeen letters from the 2015 calendar year were selected for reprint in this issue.

“Gay Marriage Ruling a Boon for GOP,” Boston Herald,  July 3, 2015, Opinion, 15. 2015.

“[President] fails to call out anti-Semitism,” Boston Herald, February 13, 2015, Opinion, 15.