Humphrey School News—August 15, 2017

New Faculty Member an Expert on Global Security and Conflict

The Humphrey School of Public Affairs is pleased to welcome Jessica Stanton, an expert on global security and conflict, as its newest faculty member. Stanton will teach and conduct research as an associate professor in the global policy area, beginning in September.

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 terrorism and wartime violence.  

“We are fortunate to have Dr. Stanton join us at a time when our public policy students are seeking greater understanding of global conflict and the factors that will help to ensure human security around the world,” Humphrey School Dean Laura Bloomberg said.

Stanton comes to the Humphrey School from the University of Pennsylvania, where she was an assistant professor of political science.  She said she is excited to join the Humphrey School.

“It’s really appealing to me to be joining a community of faculty and students who are focused on public policy,” said Stanton. “Since I do research on civil war and contemporary conflict, I wanted to be at a school where I can be more deliberate about my focus on policymaking in that area.”

Stanton said another selling point is the University’s focus on human rights, particularly as it launched its master of human rights program two years ago.

Stanton’s arrival signals an increased focus on teaching related to international security and conflict in the Humphrey School’s global policy area, Bloomberg said. 

“Dr. Stanton’s research interests will be an excellent fit with our existing focus on human rights, humanitarianism, and with student interest in civil conflict and post-conflict reconciliation and reconstruction,” she said. 

Stanton is the author of Violence and Restraint in Civil War: Civilian Targeting in the Shadow of International Law (Cambridge University Press, 2016), which examines why governments and rebel groups sometimes intentionally use violence against civilians during civil wars, and why they sometimes don’t. The book was awarded the 2017 International Studies Association Best Book Award and the Lepgold Book Prize by Georgetown University for the best book on international relations published in 2016.  

Her research has also been published in The Journal of Politics, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, and International Studies Quarterly. 

Before joining the University of Pennsylvania, Stanton 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 with distinction from Columbia University and her BA with distinction from Stanford University.

Based on her initial visits here, Stanton said she senses the Humphrey School community is a vibrant one, “a supportive and collegial environment that is not always easy to find.  I’m looking forward to contributing in whatever ways I can, and to be of service to the School and its students.”