Stephanie Schwartz, Ph.D. Candidate

Columbia University

Country: United States (New York)

About Me:

Stephanie Schwartz is a PhD candidate at Columbia University in Political Science. Schwartz's research focuses on the nexus of migration, violence, and peacebuilding, primarily in East and Central Africa. Her current project examines a pervasive but often overlooked security issue – return migration after civil war – to explain how and why migration-related divisions emerge in post-conflict societies. Her writing regularly appears in the Monkey Cage blog at The Washington Post. Schwartz has worked with international policy organizations including the U.S. Institute of Peace, the World Bank, and the Sudd Institute. She is also the author of Agents of Change: Youth in Post-Conflict Reconstruction. The book challenges prior notions of the impact of the global youth population bulge. Schwartz holds an M.A. and M.Phil. in political science from Columbia University and B.A. from Wesleyan University.

Research Interests

African Politics


Conflict Processes & War

Specific Areas of Interest

Return Migration

Countries of Interest


South Sudan