Stephanie Schwartz, Ph.D.

University of Southern California

Country: United States (New York)

About Me:

Stephanie Schwartz is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Southern California. Her research focuses on the nexus of forced migration, violence, and peacebuilding. Her current book project examines how mass refugee return affects post-conflict environments. She specializes in using ethnographic methods to answer political questions and studies the ethics of field research. Her work is forthcoming in International Security and she is a regular contributor in mainstream outlets, with recent commentary pieces appearing in Slate, the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog, Political Violence at a Glance, and the RLI Blog on Refugee Law and Forced Migration. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the US institute of Peace, and the Columbia Global Policy Initiative. She has consulted for a variety of global policy think tanks and international institutions. Schwartz served as a postdoctoral research fellow at Perry World House at the University of Pennsylvania from 2018-2019. She received her Ph.D. and M.Phil in political science from Columbia University.

Research Interests

African Politics


Conflict Processes & War

Return Migration

Countries of Interest


South Sudan