Zachary A. Karazsia
Zachary A. Karazsia is a Ph.D. student in political science at Florida International University. He serves as a Graduate Teaching Assistant to faculty in the Department of Politics and International Relations, with a concentration in comparative politics and international relations coursework. He earned two Bachelor of Arts degrees in Global Studies and Communication Arts and Sciences from The Pennsylvania State University and his Masters in International Development from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) at the University of Pittsburgh.
He has professional experience in evaluation and performance measurement, specifically, program evaluation, government reporting, statistical analysis, and human security. In his former capacity, Karazsia managed multiple federal and state grants and joint one-off evaluative projects with private sector clients. He has applied theory-driven research to brick-and-mortar projects and directed the administration of, a minimum of two, evidence-based practices (EBPs). Karazsia has authored six performance assessment reports analyzing descriptive statistics of program participants, fidelity assessments of programs to EBP and federal government guidelines, and provided recommendations for improvement in all cases.
Karazsia’s research includes the study of genocide and mass killing, ethnic conflict, security studies, and postconflict reconciliation through the lenses of comparative politics and international relations. His most recent manuscript (for inclusion as a book chapter) examines reconciliation in Rwanda following two prominent periods of mass killing. Presently, Karazsia is investigating comparative cases of genocide or “near misses”; and the role political scientists play in influencing policymakers in the realm of mass atrocities.