Amanda Rothschild


Amanda Rothschild is a PhD candidate (exp. 2017) 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, successfully defended in October 2016, examines the history of US responsiveness to mass killing and offers a novel theory explaining when and why the United States shifts from its modal response—pursuing limited measures—to address the killings more intensively.

She is a recipient of the Harry Middleton Fellowship in Presidential Studies, a National Fellowship from the University of Virginia’s Miller Center, 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 in 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 "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.