Robert U. Nagel

Robert U. Nagel



I'm the 2020-2022 postdoctoral fellow at the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security. My research project examines women’s impact on peacekeeping missions’ effectiveness with a particular focus on the missions in the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

In my dissertation “Gendered Influences on Conflict Resolution in Intrastate Conflicts”, which passed without revisions, I investigate questions at the intersection of intrastate conflict resolution, international security, and gender dynamics in civil wars. The School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Kent has nominated my dissertation for the 2020 BISA Michael Nicholson thesis prize.

In pursuing my research, I stand on the shoulders of giants who helped shape my PhD in so many wonderful ways: Dr Andrea den Boer, Dr Edward Morgan-Jones, and Dr Nadine Ansorg at the University of Kent. Dr Govinda Clayton at ETH Zurich and Dr Tobias Böhmelt at the University of Essex.

I place gendered violence at the center of studying conflicts. My research is published or forthcoming in the Journal of Conflict Resolution and the Journal of Peace Research. I have won the 2019 Cedric Smith Prize for the best peace and conflict studies paper by a UK or ROI-based PhD student and with my friend and co-author Austin C. Doctor the International Studies Association 2020 Dina Zinnes Award. This paper is published at the Journal of Conflict Resolution and available here.

The intersection of gender, violence, and conflict management is also at the heart of my ongoing research projects that move beyond my dissertation. In my book-length project, I focus on the question of how taboo atrocities spread from conflict to conflict.

Before starting my postdoc I was an adjunct professor at Clark University teaching 'Africa & the World' and 'Comparative Politics of Women.' In 2017, I held a pre-doctoral visiting scholar position in International Affairs at Northeastern University, for which I was awarded the Christine and Ian Bolt scholarship from the University of Kent. During my PhD, I was a teaching assistant for an undergraduate course on quantitative methods as well as an undergraduate course on research design and mixed methods with a particular focus on process tracing.

I am the journal manager of International Peacekeeping, the social media director and conference organizer for the Conflict Research Society, a research affiliate for the WomanStats Project, and a member of the Consultative Group of the Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict (SVAC) project.

Besides my research, I'm passionate about cats, dogs, Liverpool FC, the Red Sox (and thanks to Austin also the Nats), the Celtics, and triathlons (I'm a member of the Speed Sherpa team).