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Agnieszka Paczyńska

Associate Professor of Conflict Analysis and Resolution

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  • 703-993-1364 (office)
  • Arlington: Vernon Smith Hall, 5104B
    3351 North Fairfax Drive, MS 4D3
    Arlington, VA 22201

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Agnieszka Paczynska’s research focuses on the relationship between economic and political change and conflict, development and conflict, security-development nexus, post-conflict reconstruction policies, the relationship between globalization processes and local conflicts, and conflict resolution pedagogy. She is the author of State, Labor and the Transition to a Market Economy: Egypt, Poland, Mexico and the Czech Republic (Penn State University Press), and editor of Changing Landscape of Assistance to Conflict-Affected States: Emerging and Traditional Donors and Opportunities for Collaboration (Stimson Center), Conflict Zone, Comfort Zone: Pedagogy, Methodology and Best Practices in Field-Based Courses (with Susan Hirsch, Ohio University Press), and The New Politics of Aid: Emerging Donors and Conflict-Affected States (Lynne Rienner Publishers). Her research has been published inPeacebuilding, Conflict Resolution Quarterly, Review of International Political Economy, PS Political Scienceand other peer-reviewed journals.

Her research has been supported by United States Institute of Peace, U.S. Department of Education, Franklin Fellowship Program, Social Science Research Council, International Research Exchange Board and Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars among others. Her current project focuses on how states labeled as fragile engage in international debates about development assistance.

Together with Susan Hirsch Paczynska is co-editing a book series, Studies in Conflict, Justice, and Social Change, with the Ohio University Press. She is a Nonresident Fellow at the Stimson Center and serves on the Board of Trustees of Saferworld USA. Most recently, she has also been a Visiting Professor at the Maria Curie Skolodowska University in Lublin, Department of Political Science (2018-2019) and Visiting Researcher at the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)(Summer 2019)

Paczynska engages in policy relevant research and discussions. She has consulted for the United Nations, U.S. Department of State, United States Agency for International Development, and the Marine Corps Combat Development Command and has observed elections in Afghanistan, Egypt and Liberia.

Most recently Paczynska has been teaching classes such as the Introduction to Conflict Analysis and Resolution, Foundations of Conflict Analysis and Resolution, Structural Theories, and Conflict in Development.


PhD, Political Science, University of Virginia (2002)

MA, Political Science , New York University (1991)

BA, Political science, New York University (1989)

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Faculty Rank: Associate Professor

Honors & Awards

FIPSE-Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, U.S. Dept. of Education

January 1, 2013

Grant for project, “Globalizing Reconstruction: Emerging Powers and Post-Conflict Settings, United States Institute of Peace

June 15, 2014

Franklin Fellowship in the Office of the Coordinator for Stabilization and Reconstruction, United States Department of State

June 15, 2008

In the News

Faculty Spotlight on Innovation: Susan Hirsch & Agnieszka Paczynska

Published on February 21, 2014

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Stimson Center Names Five Nonresident Fellows

Published on February 9, 2016

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Revolutionary Tremors in Central Asia?

Published on April 20, 2011

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Presentations & Performances

Emerging Donors and Conflict-Affected States: the New Politics of Peacebuilding

August 13, 2019 | German Development Institute, Bonn, Germany

The New Politics of Aid: Emerging Donors and Post-Conflict Settings,” Africa Transitions Seminar Series

April 11, 2019 | University of Maria Skolodowska-Curie, Lublin, Poland

Land, Concessionary Agreements, and Conflict: The Challenge of Peacebuilding in Liberia

March 27-30 , 2019 | International Studies Association Conference, Toronto, Canada