Stephanie Dornschneider

Stephanie Dornschneider
Research Associate

Email: stephanie.dornschneider (at)


Stephanie Dornschneider completed her dissertation in the Department of International Relations and Political Science at the IHEID (2012). Previously, she obtained an MA in International Relations (2006), and a Diploma in Middle East Studies (2007) from the American University in Cairo. In her PhD thesis, Stephanie explored the question why some individuals pick up arms against their states as opposed to others, who live under the same conditions. Drawing on the cognitive mapping approach, her thesis included extensive interviewing in Arabic, conducted during field research in Egypt (2008 – 2010), and computational modeling in MATLAB, conducted as a visiting research scholar at Stanford University (2011-2012). At the CCDP, Stephanie worked on the project “Arab Spring: Challenges during Political Transitions and Comparative Lessons for Civil Societies in the Middle East and North Africa”, directed by Thania Paffenholz.

Currently, Stephanie holds a position as Assistant Professor at the School of Politics & International Relations (SPIRe) at the University College Dublin.

Field(s)of Interest:
  • Political violence
  • Cognitive mapping
  • Computational modeling
  • Middle East studies
Selected Publications:
  • Dornschneider, Stephanie, and Nick Henderson. "A Computational Model of Cognitive Maps Analyzing Violent and Nonviolent Activity in Egypt and Germany." Journal of Conflict Resolution 60.2 (2016): 368-399
  • Dornschneider, Stephanie. Whether to Kill: The Cognitive Maps of Violent and Nonviolent Individuals. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015.