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Laura Bosco

Laura Bosco

Laura Bosco is a PhD student and Adjunct Instructor at the School of International Studies at American University. Her research focuses on UN peace operations and the protection of civilians, concentrating on the UN Mission in South Sudan. In previous work, Laura investigated economic agendas in the Kosovo conflicts and conducted field research in Mitrovica and Pristina. She has experience researching issues of conflict, security, and gender at a number of DC think tanks and institutions, including the Council of Foreign Relations, USAID, and Gender Action.

Previous Education

MA (2013) Security Policy Studies, George Washington University, Washington, DC

BA (2010) Political Science and Economics, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

  • Honors: Summa Cum Laude in Political Science and Cum Laude in Economics
  • Thesis: “Two Contradictory Cases:Economic Agendas in the Kosovo Conflicts,” awarded 2010 Best Undergraduate Thesis in Political Science

Research Interests

International Peace and Security; Peace Operations; Protection of Civilians; United Nations and International Organizations; US Defense Policy; Qualitative and Mixed Methods

Selected Research and Presentations

  • “Known Knowns and Known Unknowns of UN Peacekeeping Data,” under review as part of a special edition of International Peacekeeping on peacekeeping data
  • “Contingent upon Contingents: UN Peacekeeping and the Protection of Civilians,” paper to be presented at UN-Forschung expert workshop on protection, Braunschweig, Germany (July 2016)
  • “Modeling Mission Creep: UN Peacekeeping and the Incentive to ‘Bet Low,’” presented at Annual ISA Conference, New Orleans, LA (2015)
  • “Folly or Future: The US Military’s Role in UN Peacekeeping - Formally Deployed US Officers’ Perspectives,” ongoing project

Selected Awards and Honors

  • SIS Doctoral Student Summer Research Award, American University (2016)
  • SIS Dean’s Fellowship, American University (2013-2017)
  • SIS Summer Research Method Award, American University and Institute for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research (IQMR), Syracuse, NY (2014)