Department of Political Science
2115 G St. NW, Monroe Hall 440
Washington, DC 20052

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Jessica Anderson

Jessica Anderson

Office — Suite 605, Elliot School of International Affairs, 1957 E Street NW

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Major — International Relations

Minor — Comparative Politics

Current Research

Humanitarianism, Peacebuilding, Civil War, Sub-Saharan Africa, International Organizations


M.A. in Forced Migration, University of the Witwatersrand

B.A. in International Relations and Philosophy, Tufts University


I've primarily lived and worked in Sub-Saharan Africa over the past eight years, conducting field research related to conflict and aid interventions. During this time I co-founded a small non-profit that supports local peacebuilding initiatives in post-war communities. I  also consulted for the South African Human Rights Commission, the International Organization for Migration, and Oxfam GB/the African Centre for Migration and Society. At the DC-based Stimson Center, I received a Scoville fellowship to research peace operation effectiveness. Each of these experiences has informed my academic interest in justice, accountability, and effectiveness in international aid.