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Jessica Di Salvatore

Associate Professor in Political Science and Peace Studies

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Email: jessica.di-salvatore[AT]


I am Associate 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.

Personal website here.


1. Civil wars

2. Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding

3. Criminal violence

4. Ethnic conflict


2021. Do UN peace operations lead to more terrorism? Repertoires of rebel violence and third-party interventions (with Sara Polo and Andrea Ruggeri), European Journal of International Relations (Forthcoming). Pre-print here

2021. Introducing the Peacekeeping Mandates Dataset (PEMA) (with Magnus Lundgren, Kseniya Oksamytna and Hannah Smidt), Journal of Conflict Resolution (Forthcoming). Pre-print here

2021. When do UN Peacekeeping Operations implement their mandates? (with Rob Blair and Hannah M. Smidt), American Journal of Political Science doi: 10.1111/ajps.12650

2021. UN peacekeeping and households’ well-being in civil wars (with Vincenzo Bove and Leandro Elia), American Journal of Political Science. doi: 10.1111/ajps.12644

2021. Spatial Analysis for Political Scientists (with Andrea Ruggeri), Italian Review of Political Science (special issue). doi: 10.1017/ipo.2021.7

2021. Introducing the PeaceKeeping Operations Corpus (PKOC) (with Elio Amicarelli), Journal of Peace Research. doi: 10.1177/0022343320978693

2020. Tangled Up in Blue: The Effect of UN Peacekeeping on Nonviolent Protests in Post-Civil War Countries (with Margherita Belgioioso and Jonathan Pinckney), International Studies Quarterly. doi: 10.1093/isq/sqaa015 

2020. The Withdrawal of UN Peace Operations and State Capacity: Descriptive Trends and Research Challenges (with Andrea Ruggeri), International Peacekeeping. doi: 10.1080/13533312.2019.1710368

2019. Peacekeepers against Criminal Violence - Unintended effects of peacekeeping operations?. American Journal of Political Science. doi: 10.1111/ajps.12451

2019. Fraud Is What People Make of It: Election Fraud, Perceived Fraud and Protesting in Nigeria. Journal of Conflict Resolution (with Ursula Daxecker and Andrea Ruggeri). doi: 10.1177/0022002718824636

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. 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


I am module director for Introduction to Politics (PO107) in 2021/2022.

I taught seminars for Introduction to Politics (PO107) in 2020/2021.

I was module director for the MA module on Data Visualization in International Politics (PO9E7, a.y. 19/20).


I am available to supervise dissertations that focus on the examination of the dynamics of peace and conflict using quantitative methods or mixed methods.