Marie Berry

Marie Elizabeth Berry

Associate Professor; Director, Sie Cheou-Kang Cntr; Director, IGLI

What I do

I am a political sociologist with a focus on mass violence, gender, politics, and development. My current research agenda examines the political, economic, and social consequences of armed conflict.


War, gender, social movements, Human Rights, Activism, politics

Professional Biography

Dr. Marie Berry is the Director of the Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security and Diplomacy and an Associate Professor at the Josef Korbel School at the University of Denver. She is also the co-founder and convener of the Inclusive Global Leadership Initiative (IGLI), an effort to elevate and amplify the work that women activists are doing at the grassroots to advance peace, justice, and human rights across the world. Her award-winning book, War, Women, and Power: From Violence to Mobilization in Rwanda and Bosnia-Herzegovina (Cambridge University Press 2018), examined the impact of mass violence on women’s political mobilization in Rwanda and Bosnia. Together with Dr. Milli Lake (LSE), she runs the Women’s Rights After War Project. Dr. Berry’s work has been published in places like the Annual Review of Law and Social Science, Gender & Society, Democratization, Signs, New Political Economy, Mobilization, Politics & Gender, Foreign Policy, Boston Review, The Monkey Cage, and Political Violence @ A Glance. She is a 2021 recipient of a prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER Award.


  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles, 2015
  • MA, Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles, 2010
  • BA, International Studies and Political Science, Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington, 2007

Professional Affiliations

  • American Sociology Association
  • International Studies Association


My research looks at the impact of war on women, and at the experiences and impact of women-identified activists across the world. See more here:

Key Projects

  • CAREER: Inclusive Global Leadership Initiative
  • The Women's Rights After War Project
  • UKRI GCRF Gender, Justice and Security Hub
  • Inclusive Global Leadership Initiative (IGLI)
  • Rigor, Relevance, and Responsibility: Promoting Ethical Approaches to Policy Engagement
  • Inclusive Approaches to Violence Prevention and Reduction


Berry, M. E. (2018). Women and Power After War . Annual Meeting . Boston, MA: American Political Science Association .
Berry, M. E. (2018). Bosnian Women, Resilience, and the (Unfinished) Search for Peace. Annual Meeting . San Francisco, CA: International Studies Association .
Berry, M. E. (2018). Peace and Conflict Session . Sociology and Development Regular Session. Philadelphia, PA: American Sociological Association .
Berry, M. E. (2017). Liminal Hybrid Regimes in Rwanda and South Africa . European Conference on African Studies Annual Meeting. Basel, Switzerland: European Conference on African Studies.
Berry, M. E. (2017). The Micro-Dynamics of Non-Violence During the Bosnia War. American Sociological Association Annual Meeting. Montreal, Canada: American Sociological Association.


  • Peace, War, and Social Conflict Best Book Award, American Sociological Association
  • Sociology of Development Best Book Award (honorable mention), American Sociological Association
  • Mirra Komorovsky Book Award (Honorable Mention), Eastern Sociological Society
  • ASA Section on Peace, War and Social Conflict, Best Article Award, American Sociological Association