Scholar of Contemporary Civil War, Insurgency, & Terrorism

Andrew Shaver is a scholar of contemporary conflict, who has taught and/or held research fellowship positions at Dartmouth College, Harvard University, Princeton University, and Stanford University. He is the Founding Director of the Political Violence Lab.

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 currently a postdoctoral scholar in Stanford University's Political Science department and will join the University of California as an assistant professor (political science) at its newest campus in Merced on July 1, 2019. He is the founding director of the Political Violence Lab. He was previously 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. His research focuses on contemporary conflict and its psychological, climatic, and territorial underpinnings.

He completed his doctoral studies at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and was a predoctoral fellow at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government (2016/17) and a research affiliate of the University of California, Berkeley's Center for Effective Global Action (2015).  


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.