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(205) 923-2339
Heritage Hall 408
(205) 934-2339

Research Interests: Comparative politics, transitional justice, reparations, human rights, genocide, social movements, European politics (especially German politics)

Office Hours: By appointment only


  • BA, Furman University, Political Science and German
  • MA, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Political Science
  • PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Political Science

Dr. Greenstein conducts research on reparations for human rights abuses, as well as research on transitional justice more generally. She earned her PhD in December 2018 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where her dissertation, titled Pressures, Promises, and Payments: Explaining Governments’ Reparations Decisions after Domestic Human Rights Abuses, focused on what motivates governments to pay reparations to their own citizens in the wake of widespread, state-sanctioned human rights abuses.

More information is available on her website.

  • Recent Courses

    She has taught a wide range of classes, including:

  • Recent Publications
    • “Patterned Payments: Explaining Victim Group Variation in West German Reparations Policy.” 2020. International Journal of Transitional Justice, 14 (2): 381-400.
    • “Trials, Lustration, and Clean Elections: The Uneven Effects of Transitional Justice Mechanisms on Electoral Manipulation,” with Cole Harvey. 2017, Democratization, 24 (6): 1195-1214.
    • “When Talk Isn’t Cheap: Opportunities and Challenges in Interview Research,” with Layna Mosley. 2020. In Sage Handbook of Research Methods in Political Science and International Relations, Luigi Curini and Robert J. Franzese Jr., eds.