Graduation Year


Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Politics and International Relations

Reader 1

Peter Uvin

Reader 2

Sumita Pahwa

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This thesis focuses on four theories outlined by prominent political scientists regarding the development of ethnic salience and inter-ethnic violence. The ability of each theory to "read" and explain inter-ethnic violence will be discussed and assessed based on their ability to make sense of specific incidents of interethnic violence in Kenya and Ethiopia. The incidents that will be focused on are the 2007 post-election violence in Kenya and the 2020 initiation of the war in Tigray in Ethiopia. Ultimately, no theory was able to read the cases fully, and modifications were proposed based on their fit.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.