Stacey M. Mitchell Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Stacey M. Mitchell

Assistant Professor
Georgia State University's Perimeter College

Stacey Mitchell writes about genocide and transitional justice regimes. Institutional Legacies takes a fresh look at the origins of the Rwanda genocide by comparing the collapse of democracy in Rwanda with that in Burundi. Consistent with the assumptions of historical institutionalism and prospect theory, institutional legacies of exclusion prompted political actors in Rwanda to opt for a risky policy of genocide in response to political liberalization.


Dr. Stacey Mitchell received her Ph.D. in political science from the University of Georgia, School of Public and International Affairs. She specializes in and has published books and articles on the Armenian genocide, the Rwanda genocide, the institutional origins of political violence in Rwanda and Burundi, and transitional justice regimes in the developing world. She has consulted on asylum cases involving Rwanda and has taught classes about the topics of genocide, post-conflict justice, human rights, ethnic conflict and politics in Africa.  Her current research interests include present human right conditions in Rwanda and Venezuela.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Genocide, restorative and retributive justice, genocide in Rwanda, Armenian genocide, human rights, past and present political violence in Rwanda and Burundi



International Studies Review

“A Useful Toolbox for Genocide Research.”

Published: Mar 04, 2011 by International Studies Review
Authors: Stacey M. Mitchell
Subjects: Law

A critique and assessment is provided of Genocide : A Normative Account by Larry May.

Journal of Genocide Research

“The Role of Structure and Institutions in the Genocide of the Tutsi in Rwanda and the Armenians of the Ottoman Empire”

Published: Dec 05, 2003 by Journal of Genocide Research
Authors: Stacey Gibson

This study seeks to increase the general understanding of (1) the types of circumstances that tend to contribute towards a state's inclination to commit genocide, and (2) how these circumstances manage to accomplish this task. It is suggested by this study that, in pluralized societies, the occurrence of total genocide depends largely on the level of legitimacy acquired by governing institutions and the acceptance of these institutions by the dominant elite.