Costantino Pischedda

POL Asst. Professor_International Relations

Locator Code:
6534
 
About

I hold a PhD in Political Science from Columbia University and an MA in Strategic Studies from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). In 2015-16 I was Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson School’s Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance (Princeton University)

My research interests cover a broad range of topics at the intersection between International Relations, Security Studies and Comparative Politics: civil war dynamics (in particular civil war alliances), counterinsurgency, civilian victimization and terrorism, coercion theory, non-violent resistance, natural resources and conflict, and the psychology of preventive war.

My completed book manuscript (Conflict among Rebels: Why Insurgent Groups Clash) explains why and under what circumstances rebel groups pitted against a common enemy (the government) sometimes fight one another.

My academic and policy pieces have been published in International Security, Journal of Peace Research, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Middle East Policy, Parameters, The African Security Review, The International Spectator, and in blogs of The National Interest and The  Washington Post.

I previously worked as research analyst at the Peterson Institute for International Economics and at the World Bank’s Development Economics Research Group in Washington, DC.

I was born and raised in Italy, where I lived until I graduated from college. In my free time I spearfish, play tennis and squash, and read philosophy of science.

Career

Education

2015Ph.D. Political Science Columbia University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
2011M.Phil. Political Science Columbia University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
2010 Political Science Columbia University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
2006 International Relations, honors Concentrations: International Economics and Strategic Studies Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)
2004B.A. Concentrations: International Economics and International Relations; GPA: 4.0 University of Florence, Italy

Professional Experience

2015 - 2016Postdoctoral Research Scholar in Regional Political Economy, Niehaus Center, Princeton University
2013 - 2015Undergraduate Adviser, Columbia University, Political Science Department 2013-2015
2011 - Research Assistant for the “Civil War Termination and Initiation” Project , Columbia University, Political Science Department
2007 - 2008Researcher for the Peace and Development/Post-Conflict Transitions team, World Bank, Development Research Group
2007 - 2008Researcher for the Trade team, World Bank Institute
2006 - 2007Research Assistant , Peterson Institute for International Economics

Honors & Acknowledgements

Grant for field research, Political Science Department, Columbia University
2013
Dissertation Fellowship, Columbia University
2012-13
Andrew W. Cordier Fellowship, Columbia University
2011-12
Summer Fellowship, Political Science Department, Columbia University
2011
Summer Teaching Scholar, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Columbia University
2011
Teaching Fellow, Columbia University
2009-11
Faculty Fellow, Columbia University
2008-09
Scholarships awarded by the Sardinian (Italy) Regional Government; the Bologna Center, SAIS; Fellowship “Sandro Pertini” (all merit-based, covering SAIS tuition)
2004-2006
Scholarships awarded by the Sardinian (Italy) Regional Government; the Bologna Center, SAIS; Fellowship “Sandro Pertini” (all merit-based, covering SAIS tuition)
Article manuscript reviewer

Conferences & Events

Ethnic Conflict and the Limits of Nonviolent Resistance | 2016
“Game Theory, Cooperation, and International Institutions
“Game Theory, Cooperation, and International Institutions |
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Smith Richardson Foundation World Politics and Statecraft Fellowship

Memberships

Member of the Loyalty of Security Forces Working Group
Working group of young scholars studying defection of security forces and insurgents
Founding member of the Kurdish Studies Student Association, Columbia University
Summer Workshop in the Analysis Military Operations and Strategy (SWAMOS), Cornell University
Summer Workshop in the Analysis Military Operations and Strategy (SWAMOS), Cornell University
Introduction to International Relations; Nationalism, Ethnicity, and Violence; International Security; Civil Wars
Research

Publications

Costantino Pischedda "Ethnic Conflict and the Limits of Nonviolent Resistance" Security Studies (forthcoming).


Costantino Pischedda "Wars within Wars: Why Windows of Opportunity and Vulnerability Cause Inter-rebel Fighting in Internal Conflicts" International Security (2018).


Costantino Pischedda with S. Costalli and L. Moretti "The Economic Costs of Civil War: Synthetic Counterfactual Evidence and the Effects of Ethnic Fractionalization" Journal of Peace Research (2017).


Costantino Pischedda with S. Collard-Wexler and M. Smith "Do Foreign Occupations Cause Suicide Attacks?" Journal of Conflict Resolution (2014).


Costantino Pischedda with M. Morelli Solutions and Failures in Identity-based Conflicts Oil, Federalism, and Third-party Intervention: An Assessment of Conflict Risk in Iraqi Kurdistan (FBK Press. 2015).


Costantino Pischedda with M. Morelli "The Turkey-KRG Energy Partnership: Assessing its Implications" Middle East Policy (2014).


Costantino Pischedda with E. Borghard "Allies and Airpower in Libya" Parameters (2012).

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Costantino Pischedda La Guerra nello Stato Un’Analisi dell’Efficacia della Violenza Indiscriminata in Guerra di Contro-guerriglia (Milan, Vita e Pensiero. 2010).

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Costantino Pischedda "Partition as a Solution to Ethnic Conflict" International Spectator (2008).

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Costantino Pischedda "A Plan for Military Intervention in Darfur" African Security Review (2007).


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