Jessica Stanton is an associate professor in the global policy area. Her research focuses on international relations, including the causes, dynamics, and resolution of civil wars; the role of international institutions and law in international relations; and criminal accountability for wartime violence and terrorism. Her book, Violence and Restraint in Civil War: Civilian Targeting in the Shadow of International Law (Cambridge University Press, 2016), examines why some governments and rebel groups engaged in civil war adopt strategies that involve the deliberate targeting of civilians, while other groups, in accordance with international humanitarian law, refrain from attacking civilian populations. In support of this project, she conducted field research in Indonesia and Uganda. Violence and Restraint in Civil War received the International Studies Association’s award for the best book on international studies published in 2016 as well as the Lepgold Book Prize, awarded by the Mortara Center for International Studies at Georgetown University for the best book on international relations published in 2016. Stanton’s research has also been published in The Journal of Politics and the Journal of Conflict Resolution, and International Studies Quarterly.
Before joining the Humphrey School, Stanton was a faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania. She has also held fellowships at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University, the John M. Olin Institute for Strategic Studies at Harvard University, and the Christopher H. Browne Center for International Politics at the University of Pennsylvania. Stanton received her PhD in political science with distinction from Columbia University and her BA in international relations with distinction from Stanford University.