Fiona Greenland—Investigating the relationship between monument destruction and civilian victimization: The evidence from Syria and Iraq

Fiona GreenlandRecorded November 29, 2018
Monroe 120

Fiona Greenland, UVA Sociology

Fiona Greenland is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Virginia. Her research focuses on nationalism, violence, and state formation, with specialist interest in the role of cultural goods in macro-political projects in Italy and, in her new work, in Middle East conflict zones. She trained in public policy and sociology at the University of Michigan (Ph.D. 2014) and was a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Chicago’s Neubauer Collegium (2014-2017) before coming to Virginia.


The Syrian civil war has drawn renewed attention to two pervasive conflict zone practices: the deliberate destruction of cultural monuments and the economic exploitation of cultural goods. Prior work has understood these practices as largely symbolic, rather than strategic, and treated cases tangentially through qualitative studies and anecdotal evidence due to a lack of existing data. This study considers the relationship between cultural destruction and civilian victimization with a newly collected data set that supports mixed-methods analysis. In this talk we will present initial findings.