In 2016 I joined the Georgetown University Government Department as an Assistant Teaching Professor and Associate Director of the Democracy and Governance Program. My research lies at the intersection of Comparative Politics and International Relations, with a particular emphasis on the political outcomes of civil wars. My book project combines quantitative and qualitative methods and draws on field research conducted in Sierra Leone and Mozambique. I have previously taught undergraduate courses at Georgetown and at The George Washington University.
Prior to earning my Ph.D. in Government at Georgetown, I received an M.Litt. (with distinction) in Peace and Conflict Studies from the School of International Relations at the University of St. Andrews in the United Kingdom. I also hold an A.B., cum laude, in Government from Harvard University in Cambridge, MA.
Outside of academia, I have served as a training facilitator for the US State Department and worked as a philanthropy consultant, helping teams advise international non-profit organizations and corporations on achieving their goals in fundraising and social engagement.
Originally from Connecticut, I currently reside in the Washington, D.C. area but remain a proud Nutmegger. My personal interests include travel, running, and the Washington Nationals.
You can follow me on Twitter at @JRDresden.