Anastasia Shesterinina


I am a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Politics/International Politics at the Department of Politics, the University of Sheffield in the UK. Prior to taking up this tenure-track position, I was 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. I hold a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of British Columbia.

My main research area is internal dynamics of armed conflict. My fieldwork-intensive doctoral dissertation, Mobilization in Civil War: Latent Norms, Social Relations, and Inter-Group Violence in Abkhazia, examines 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.

My APSR article, “Collective Threat Framing and Mobilization in Civil War,” builds on and extends my dissertation research by focusing on how individuals come to perceive threat involved in civil war and how variable threat perceptions affect mobilization decisions.

These aspects of my research form the foundation of my book manuscript (in progress), Mobilizing under Uncertainty. Click here to watch an interview on the book with Yale University’s MacMillan Report.

My parallel research project explores international intervention in armed conflict. As part of this research, I worked at the Peace Research Institute of Frankfurt on the links between peacebuilding, democratization, and civil violence. My collaborative and co-published work with Brian Job has examined norms of civilian protection in armed conflict.

My 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.

I have been actively involved in the discussions of transparency in Political Science and have written on transparency in sensitive qualitative research with human participants. To listen to my talk on transparency and human subjects at APSA 2017 Qualitative Transparency Deliberations Roundtable, click here