Shanna Kirschner

Professional Title

Associate Professor


Civil Wars (Syria, South Sudan, etc.), Middle East Affairs, Political Science>Global Conflict


B.A., Carleton College; M.A., Ph.D., University of Michigan

Shanna Kirschner is an associate professor of political science and also teaches in the International Studies program. She is the author of several journal articles and of “Trust and Fear in Civil Wars: Ending Intrastate Conflicts,” in which she argues that combatants' actions can prolong civil wars by creating a reputation indicating that a peace deal may be especially dangerous. Current research interests include the effectiveness of peacekeeping, the role of cultural policy in civil wars, and the effects of political violence on children's health.