William O'Brochta

Ph.D. Student in Political Science, Conservation Specialist



William O'Brochta is a graduate student pursuing a Ph.D. in Political Science at Washington University in Saint Louis. He is majoring in comparative politics and minoring in formal theory. Research interests include the intersection of ethnic and regional identity with individual and collective action, especially protests, riots, and civil wars. Much of this research is in the post-Communist setting, though he studies Central and Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and developing states more broadly. He has published in Tourism Economics, Caucasus Survey, and Journal of International Studies . He has presented at the Mathematical Association of America, Midwest Political Science Association, and American Political Science Association, among others.


    William received an M.A. in Political Science from Washington University in Saint Louis. His undergraduate degree is a B.A. with majors in politics and mathematics from Hendrix College, graduating Summa Cum Laude with distinction in both majors and having been inducted into Pi Sigma Alpha political science honor society and Pi Mu Epsilon mathematics honor society. 


    William is also the Council William T. Hornaday Awards Coordinator, William T. Hornaday Awards Specialist, and Council Life to Eagle Specialist for the Blue Ridge Mountains Council as well as National Jamboree Hornaday Tent Supervisor for the Boy Scouts of America. He has received the Hornaday Silver Medal, Badge, and Gold Badge and is an Eagle Scout.

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