Susanna Campbell

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Susanna Campbell
Assistant Professor, American University
Contact: Email: susanna.campbell (at)

Dr. Susanna Campbell is a Research Associate at the CCDP and Assistant Professor at American University in Washington, D.C. She was the Principal Investigator and Co-Principal Investigator, respectively, for two large research projects: Aiding Peace? Donor Behavior in Conflict-Affected Countries funded by the Swiss Network for International Studies (SNIS) and Bad Behavior? Explaining Performance in International Peacebuilding Organizations funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), both of which were based on her dissertation research. In late 2013, she was the Principal Investigator for a multi-method evaluation of the UN Peacebuilding Fund in Burundi. Her research projects use multi-method designs, including statistical models, surveys, survey experiments, quasi-experimental research designs, participant observation, and semi-structured interviews and include fieldwork in Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Haiti, Liberia, Nepal, and Sudan.

In 2012, Dr. Campbell was a Visiting Post-Doctoral Scholar at the Saltzman Institute for War and Peace Studies (SIWPS) at Columbia University funded by an Early Post-Doctoral Researcher Grant from the SNSF. She has also received a United States Institute of Peace Dissertation Fellowship (2008-2009), a Tufts Provost Fellowship (2007-2008), and a Fletcher School PhD Scholarship (2005-2011).

Dr. Campbell received her PhD in May 2012 from The Fletcher School at Tufts University. Her dissertation, Organizational Barriers to Peace: Agency and Structure in International Peacebuilding, uses process tracing and organizational ethnography to build a typology of the determinants of peacebuilding and statebuilding success and failure, examining in detail the interactions between international organizations, non-governmental organizations, and aid agencies and the war-to-peace trajectories that they aim to influence.

Dr. Campbell has been studying international intervention in violent conflict since 1996. During this time, she has worked for, carried out studies for, and evaluated numerous international actors, including: the Center for Preventive Action of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Forum on Early Warning and Early Response (FEWER), UNICEF, International Crisis Group, International Alert, the World Bank Post-Conflict Fund, The World Bank Conflict-Affected States Group, the National Defense University, Catholic Relief Services, the UK Department for International Development (DfID), the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the UN Peacebuilding Support Office, and the UN Development Program (UNDP).

She has published widely on peacebuilding, statebuilding, and conflict prevention, including with the Council on Foreign Relations Press,The Journal of International PeacekeepingThe Journal of Peacebuilding and Development, Routledge, and through numerous reports, policy articles, and conference papers. In 2011, she co-edited A Liberal Peace?: The Problems and Practices of Peacebuilding (Zed). She is currently working on several single-authored publications based on her dissertation as well as several co-authored publications.

For more details, see her website.
Field(s)of Interest:
  • Africa
  • Peacebuilding
  • Statebuilding
  • Conflict Prevention
  • International Organizations
  • Organizational and Institutional Theory
  • International Relations
Selected Publications:

Academic Publications

Selected Policy Articles and Commissioned Studies

  • 2010. The Peacebuilding Fund Projects in Burundi: Independent External Evaluation, New York: Peacebuilding Support Office and Department of Peacekeeping Operations.
  • 2010. Catalytic Programming and the Peacebuilding Fund: A Concept Note for the UNPBF Advisory Group (with Cheyanne Scharbatke-Church, Julia Doehrn, Philip Thomas, and Peter Woodrow), Prangins, Switzerland: PeaceNexus Foundation for the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund.
  • 2010. Ethics of Research in Conflict and Post-Conflict Environments, New York: Program on States and Security, The Graduate Center, City University New York.
  • 2009. The Challenge of Governance in Fragile and Conflict-Affected Countries: Supporting Leadership Development – A Global Review of Eight Leadership Development Interventions funded by the LICUS TF and PCF (with Kelly Hannum), Washington, DC: The World Bank.
  • 2004. “Institutional Capacity Building for Conflict Sensitivity,” in Conflict Sensitive Approaches to Development, Humanitarian Assistance and Peacebuilding: A Resource Pack, London: International Alert, Saferworld and FEWER.
  • 2004. The Burundi Leadership Training Program: A Prospective Assessment (with Peter S. Uvin), Washington, DC: The World Bank.
  • 2003. A Framework for Responsible Aid to Burundi, International Crisis Group Africa Report No. 57.

For more details, see her website.