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Dr Sam Ritholtz

DPhil Oxf


As a researcher, I exist at the intersections of the comparative politics, international relations, and political theory sub-fields of political science. My research centers marginalized social groups in studies of contentious politics, predominately conflict. I have a particular interest in the politics of gender and sexuality.

In addition to my work on political violence, I have a secondary research interest in LGBTIQ+ displacement from both theoretical and empirical perspectives. I am writing a co-authored manuscript with Rebecca Buxton, entitled Toward a Queer Theory of Refuge, under contract with the University of California Press, selected pieces from this book have been published in the American Political Science Review and Migration Studies. I have also worked on a collaborative SSHRC-funded project on the lives of LGBTIQ+ Venezuelan migrants in Colombia and Brazil.

The hope of my research is to contribute to both academic and policy debates relating to queer and trans experiences of conflict and displacement. Outside of academia, I have worked on human rights, humanitarian, and security topics for a range of institutions, including the United Nations’ Executive Office of the Secretary-General as well as human rights organizations in Washington DC and Buenos Aires. I have written for the Guardian, the Washington Post, Slate, the New Humanitarian, Oxford Review of Books, the Conversation, and Newsweek & the Daily Beast’s Women in the World Foundation. I have contributed to pieces published in the New York Times, El País, the Wall Street Journal, the Miami Herald, and Foreign Policy, among others.


  • Lecturer in International Relations


  • Politics