Jessica Anderson

Jessica Anderson

Monroe 427


Major — International Relations

Minor — Comparative Politics

I've primarily lived and worked in Sub-Saharan Africa over the past decade, conducting 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 a range of aid organizations, and received a Scoville fellowship to research peace operation effectiveness at the Stimson Center. 
Each of these experiences has informed my academic interest in global governance and ongoing dissertation project on international aid in Somaliland.This project has been supported by the Social Science Research Council, the Boren Fellowship, the Cosmos Club, the Project on Humanitarian Governance, and the GWU Political Science Department.

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