Congratulations to Anastasia Shesterinina (PhD 2014) on her new tenure-track position of Lecturer in Politics/International Politics at the Department of Politics, at the University of Sheffield in the UK! She will begin her new position in January 2017.
Anastasia’s main research area is internal dynamics of armed conflict, and she is currently a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at Yale University, affiliated with the Program on Order, Conflict, and Violence at the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies.
Anastasia’s fieldwork-intensive doctoral dissertation, Mobilization in Civil War: Latent Norms, Social Relations, and Inter-Group Violence in Abkhazia, examined violent mobilization across the pre-, civil war, and post-war stages in the Georgian-Abkhaz conflict and advances a normative and socially-embedded explanation of high-risk action. Her committee included Brian Job (supervisor), Erin Baines, and Jeffrey T. Checkel of SFU, and her departmental external was Lisa Sundstrom.
Anastasia is working on a book manuscript, Mobilizing under Uncertainty, and her article “Collective Threat Framing and Mobilization in Civil War,” was published in August by the American Political Science Review (APSR Vol. 100, No. 3 (2016): 411-27). Her article builds on and extends her dissertation research by focusing on how individuals come to perceive threat involved in civil war and how variable threat perceptions affect mobilization decisions.
Anastasia is also working on a parallel research project which explores international intervention in armed conflict. As part of this research, she worked at the Peace Research Institute of Frankfurt on the links between peacebuilding, democratization, and civil violence. Her collaborative and co-published work with Brian Job has examined norms of civilian protection in armed conflict.
Her research has been published and presented in major academic conferences and supported by such funding agencies as the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the United States National Science Foundation.
Congratulations Anastasia on your new position at the the University of Sheffield and we wish you all the best!
SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow, Program on Order, Conflict, and Violence, Yale University
Ph.D., Political Science, University of British Columbia
Liu Scholar Alumna, Liu Institute for Global Issues