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Jessica Di Salvatore

Assistant Professor in Political Science and Peace Studies

Email: jessica.di-salvatore[AT]


I am Assistant Professor in Political Science and Peace Studies in the Department of Politics and International Studies. Before joining PAIS, I was British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Oxford (Department of Politics and International Relations), and associate member at the Nuffield College. I received a PhD in Political Science from the University of Amsterdam (2017), and an MSc in Conflict Resolution from the University of Essex (2013). The core of my current research agenda concerns the political, economic and social impact of UN peace operations and their contribution to state-building and post-conflict development.


1. Civil wars

2. Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding

3. Criminal violence

4. Ethnic conflict


2018. Does Criminal Violence Spread? Contagion and Counter-contagion Mechanisms of Piracy. Political Geography, 66:14-33. doi:10.1016/j.polgeo.2018.07.004

2018. UN Peace Operations Withdrawals and State Capacity: Descriptive Trends and Research Challenges (with Andrea Ruggeri), International Peacekeeping (Forthcoming)

2018. Obstacle to peace? Ethnic Geography and Effectiveness of Peacekeeping, British Journal of Political Science doi:10.1017/S0007123418000200 

2017. The Effectiveness of Peacekeeping Operations (book chapter with Andrea Ruggeri in “The Oxford Encyclopedia of Empirical International Relations Theories”, ed. William R. Thompson, Oxford University Press). doi:10.1093/acrefore/9780190228637.013.586

2016. Inherently vulnerable? Ethnic geography and the intensity of violence in Bosnian civil war, Political Geography, 51:1-14. doi:10.1016/j.polgeo.2015.11.008