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Agnieszka Paczynska

Associate Professor of Conflict Analysis and Resolution
Director of the Master's Program

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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. In addition to a book, State, Labor and the Transition to a Market Economy: Egypt, Poland, Mexico and the Czech Republic, her work has been published in such journals as PeacebuildingConflict Resolution Quarterly, Review of International Political Economy, and PS Political Science. Her most resent scholarship investigates policies of emerging donors in conflict-affected states and the role of foreign direct investment in post-conflict reconstruction processes. In 2014 she received a grant from the United Sates Institute of Peace to support her research on emerging donors and together with Susan Hirsch began co-editing a book series, Studies in Conflict, Justice, and Social Change, with the Ohio University Press.

Paczynska engages in policy relevant research and discussions. She has consulted for the Department of State, United States Agency for International Development, and the Marine Corps Combat Development Command. She is a Nonresident Fellow at the Stimson Center and serves on the Board of Trustees of Saferworld USA. She has also 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. She currently serves as the Director of the Master’s Program.


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

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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

Not Your Father’s Peacebuilding: The Center for Global Studies Features Cutting-edge Research in Conflict Studies

Mar 28 2013 - Mar 29 2013 | George Mason University

Dialogue and Difference - Transnational Economics: Are Corporations the New Governments?

Sep 25 2012 | Fairfax Research Hall

Dissertation Defense -- Afghanistan: Between State-building and the Global War on Terrorism (2001-2006)

Apr 25 2012 | Arlington Truland Building

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