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Jessica Di Salvatore

Assistant Professor in Political Science and Peace Studies

Room: D1.12, Social Sciences Building
+44 (0)24765 28304

Advice & Feedback Hours: Fridays 12:15-14:15 (email me for alternative arrangements)

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


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

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