Scholar of Contemporary Civil War, Insurgency, & Terrorism

Andrew Shaver is an assistant professor in political science at the University of California, Merced; an affiliate of Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation; and the Founding Director of the Political Violence Lab. He has taught and/or held research fellowship positions at Dartmouth College, Harvard University, Princeton University, and Stanford University. His research and commentary appear or are forthcoming in the American Economic Review, Annual Review of Sociology, Conflict Management and Peace Science, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Politics, PLOS ONE, Foreign Affairs, National Interest, and Washington Post.


Andrew is an assistant professor in political science at the University of California’s newest campus in Merced. He is the founding director of the Political Violence Lab. He was previously a postdoctoral scholar in Stanford University's Political Science department; a lecturer in international relations at Dartmouth College and the Niehaus Fellow in U.S. Foreign Policy and International Security in the College's John Sloan Dickey Center For International Understanding; and a predoctoral fellow at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. He completed his doctoral studies at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. His research focuses on contemporary conflict and its psychological, climatic, and territorial underpinnings.

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In 2008/09, Andrew served as a U.S. Department of Defense civilian in Iraq, where he worked with a Pentagon task force that carried out economics-based counterinsurgency programs. In the lead up to the 2012 U.S. presidential election, he worked as a foreign policy advisor to Governor Jon Huntsman’s campaign. He has served as well as a foreign affairs fellow in the U.S. Senate (2012) and as a staffer in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy (2009/10).

Andrew holds a Ph.D. (Public Affairs), M.A. (Public Affairs), and M.P.A. (International Relations) from Princeton University and a B.S. (Economics, International Business) from Westminster College. He has spent approximately four years in the Middle East and speaks Arabic, Spanish, and basic Italian.

Photographs from Iraq were generously supplied by Kainoa Little. All other images on this site were provided by Lars Blackmore.