Major- Comparative Politics
Minor- Quantitative Methods
Barnett is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Political Science at the George Washington University. He received an M.A. in Political Science and a B.A. in International Affairs and Latin American and Hemispheric Studies from the George Washington University. He also holds a Certificate in Conflict Analysis from the United States Institute for Peace and a Certificate in Advanced Security in the Field from the United Nations System Staff College.
Barnett´s dissertation examines how the unequal distribution of development aid provokes anger and ultimately support for insurgents in disadvantaged areas. His research is being funded by three awards; two grants from the Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy and a third from the George Washington University, Department of Political Science. Barnett is currently conducting research in Peru, where he is a Visiting Researcher at the Instituto del Perú at the Universidad de San Martín de Porres.
My dissertation investigates how perceptions of inequitable distribution of development assistance result in anger and increased insurgent support in disadvantaged areas. In addition to my dissertation project, I have also published on various themes related to intrastate conflict, counterinsurgency, and counternarcotics. Moreover, I am currently working on two side projects on conflict onset and military effectiveness.
THE GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY, COLUMBIAN COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
Ph.D., Political Science (expected 2017); M.Phil. (2015); M.A. (2015)
Dissertation: “Development Projects, Relative Deprivation, and Insurgent Violence: The Cases of Peru (1980-1992), Colombia (1964-Present), Iraq (2003-2011), and Afghanistan (2001-Present)”
Committee: Professor Cynthia McClintock (chair), Professor Alexander B. Downes, Professor Harris Mylonas
Fields: Comparative Politics (major field), Quantitative Research Methods (minor field)
THE GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY, ELLIOTT SCHOOL OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS
B.A., International Affairs and Latin American and Hemispheric Studies (double major; 2012)
Concentrations: International Development Studies and International Economics
Honors: summa cum laude, departmental honors, Phi Beta Kappa
UNITED STATES INSTITUTE OF PEACE
Certificate course in Conflict Analysis, 2011.
UNITED NATIONS SYSTEM STAFF COLLEGE
Certificate course in Advanced Security in the Field, 2011.
2010 “El resurgimiento de sendero luminoso (The Reemergence of the Shining Path),” Air & Space Power Journal en Español XXII, no. 2: 24-32.
2016 “The Obama Administration and Peru,” in The Obama Doctrine in the Americas: Major Security Challenges, eds. Hanna Kassab and Jonathan Rosen (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, forthcoming) (lead author with Cynthia McClintock).
2015 “The Evolution of Peru’s Shining Path and the New Security Priorities in the Hemisphere,” in Reconceptualizing Security in the Americas in the Twenty-First Century, eds. Bruce M. Bagley, Hanna Kassab, and Jonathan Rosen (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, February 19) (lead author with Cynthia McClintock).
2014 “Cooperation and Drug Policies: Trends in Peru in the Twenty-First Century,” in Cooperation and Drug Policies in the Americas: Trends in the Twenty-First Century, eds. Roberto Zepeda and Jonathan Rosen (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, December 18) (lead author with Cynthia McClintock).
Selected Policy Publications:
2015 Peru Conflict Profile for Speaking Their Peace: Personal Stories from the Frontlines of War and Peace, by Colette Rausch, 35-6 (Berkeley, CA: Roaring Forties Press, April 28).
2014 “The Perils of Simultaneous COIN and Counternarcotics in Peru and Colombia,” E-International Relations (April 28).
“Keeping up with the Joneses: Geospatial Analysis of Development Projects, Relative Deprivation, and Insurgent Violence in Iraq (February 2004 – December 2008) Utilizing a Spatial Durbin Model (SDM).”
“Reconsidering Democracy and Military Effectiveness: How the Research Design You Choose Affects the Answers You Get.”
“Weapons Availability and Civil War Onset: A Natural Experiment in Peru (with Michael Joseph).”