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Research overview

Dr Harkness' research interests lie at the intersection of ethnic politics and conflict studies, with a regional focus on Africa. She is engaged in several ongoing research projects that share a substantive focus on understanding the role of ethnicity in shaping the causes and dynamics of violence and a methodological focus on creating original large-N datasets through intensive archival research.


Dr. Kristen A. Harkness joined the School of International Relations in 2013. She previously held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame after earning her PhD in Comparative Politics and International Relations from Princeton University.

Teaching activity


  • Rebellion and Revolution (IR3060)
  • Force and Statecraft (IR4548)
  • International Security (IR5001)
  • The Military in Politics (IR5065)


  • Issues in IR (IR2006) - has contributed lectures on ethnic conflict
  • Research Methods in IR (IR5601) - has contributed lectures on comparative methods, quantitative methods, and research ethics
  • Curriculum Design and Assessment (ID5102) - has contributed a case study on innovative teaching practice

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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