Severine Autesserre
2012, IPSI
Associate Professor of Political Science, Barnard College, Columbia University


Severine Autesserre is an Associate Professor of Political Science, specializing in international relations and African studies, at Barnard College, Columbia University (USA). Dr. Autesserre works on civil wars, peacebuilding, peacekeeping, humanitarian aid, and African politics. Dr. Autesserre has written two awards-winning books and a series of articles. Her latest book, Peaceland: Conflict Resolution and the Everyday Politics of International Intervention (Cambridge University Press, 2014), examines how everyday practices, habits, and narratives influence the effectiveness of peacebuilding interventions on the ground. Her previous book, The Trouble with the Congo: Local Violence and the Failure of International Peacebuilding (Cambridge University Press, 2010), focuses on local violence and international intervention in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Before becoming an academic, Dr. Autesserre worked for humanitarian and development agencies in Afghanistan, Kosovo, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nicaragua and India. She holds a post-doctorate from Yale University (2007), a Ph.D. in political science from New York University (2006), and M.A.s in political science and international relations from Columbia University (2000) and Science-Po (France, 1999). For more details on her research, see


Peacekeeping, Peacebuilding, Conflict Resolution, Democratic Republic of Congo

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