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Susanna Campbell Assoc Professor School of International Service

Contact
Send email to Susanna Campbell
(202) 885-1428 (Office)
SIS - School of International Service
SIS - 210
Bio
Susanna P. Campbell is an Associate Professor at the School of International Service (SIS) and the Director of the Research on International Policy Implementation Lab (RIPIL) at American University. Her research examines interactions between international and domestic actors in fragile and conflict-affected contexts, addressing debates in the statebuilding, peacebuilding, peacekeeping, international aid, and global governance literatures. She uses mixed-method research designs and has conducted extensive fieldwork in conflict-affected countries, including Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Nepal, Sudan, South Sudan, and East Timor. Her research has been supported by awards from the US National Science Foundation, Humanity United, the Swiss National Science Foundation, the Swiss Network for International Studies, the United States Institute of Peace, the Swedish and Dutch governments, and the United Nations. In 2018, she received the SIS Scholar-Teacher of the Year Award and, in 2021, she received the SIS Outstanding Contribution to Fostering Collaborative Scholarship Award. In 2022-2023, she is Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars Fellow.

Prof. Campbell’s first book, Global Governance and Local Peace (Cambridge University Press, 2018), argues that because global governance actors are accountable to external stakeholders, seemingly “bad behavior” by country-based staff is necessary for local peacebuilding performance. It was shortlisted for the 2020 Conflict Research Society Book of the Year Prize and featured as one of the 2018 top picks for engaged scholarship by Political Violence @ a Glance. She is finishing a co-authored second book, Aid in Conflict, that explains how and why aid donors engage differently with war-torn countries. Her work has been published or is forthcoming with the American Journal of Political Science (AJPS), Cambridge University Press, Columbia University Press, International Studies Review (ISR), International Peacekeeping, Journal of Global Security Studies (JoGGS), Journal of Politics (JoP), Oxford University Press, and Political Research Quarterly (PRQ), among others.

Prior to graduate school, she worked for the United Nations, International Crisis Group, and the Council on Foreign Relations. She received her PhD from Tufts University and was a Post-Doctoral Researcher at Columbia University’s Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies and The Graduate Institute in Geneva. Her PhD research was supported by a USIP Peace Scholar Fellowship and a Tufts Provost Fellowship.

Her scholarship has had an impact on the policies of the United Nations, International Non-Governmental Organizations, private foundations, and governments. In 2018/19, she served as a senior advisor to the Congressional Task Force on Extremism in Fragile States.

For further information, see www.susannacampbell.com.
See Also
Prof. Campbell's Website
Prof. Campbell's Google Scholar Profile
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Teaching

Fall 2022

  • HNRS-395 Theories of Inquiry

  • SIS-811 Dissertation Develop Workshop

  • SIS-899 Doctoral Dissertation