Ori Swed

Affiliated Graduate Students

Ori Swed is a PhD Candidate at the Sociology Department at The University of Texas at Austin. He is an Assistant Instructor at the Sociology Department and a Research Assistant at the IC2 Institute. Prior to joining at the Sociology Department at The University of Texas at Austin, as a PhD student, Ori earned his MA in History and a dual BA in History and Sociology from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. In addition, Ori worked as a private consultant in the hi-tech sector. Ori’s main research agenda focuses on the unintended consequences of market forces, with emphasis on the creation of new political and social actors and institutions. Additionally, Ori’s dissertation looks at how the recent trends of globalization and privatization impacted the enforcement of human rights violations. Specifically, he examines how the recent proliferation of nongovernmental organizations in areas of conflict mitigates the level of state repression. Ori explores this trend using mixed methods, in a global sample, an historical-comparative four case model, and two particular case studies. Ori’s current work also looks at the state repression and the rise of the private sector in the security market. Ori’s recent publications include: Swed, Ori, and John Sibley Butler. "Military Capital in the Israeli Hi-tech Industry." Armed Forces & Society 41.1 (2015): 123-141 and Swed, Ori, and Alexander Weinreb. "Military westernization and state repression in the post-Cold War era." Social science research 53 (2015): 270-287.