Robert U. Nagel

Robert U. Nagel



I'm Rob. More than anything I try to live a feminist and anti-racist life. This lies at the heart of my approach to research and teaching.

I'm currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security. My research project at GIWPS examines UN peacekeeping effectiveness and the role of uniformed women in UN PKOs.

I defended my PhD dissertation “Gendered Influences on Conflict Resolution in Intrastate Conflicts” in May 2019 passing without revisions. In my dissertation, 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 nominated my dissertation for the 2020 BISA Michael Nicholson thesis prize. Shout out to the deserved winner Aiko Holvikivi.

I place gendered violence at the center of studying conflicts. My research is published in the Journal of Conflict Resolution and the Journal of Peace Research. With my friend and co-author Austin C. Doctor, I have won the International Studies Association 2020 Dina Zinnes Award. This paper is published at the Journal of Conflict Resolution and available here. I also won the 2019 Cedric Smith Prize for the best peace and conflict studies paper from the Conflict Research Society.

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.

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 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).