Dr Geoffrey Swenson

Dr Geoffrey Swenson

Senior Visiting Fellow

Department of International Relations

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Key Expertise
post-conflict reconstruction, state-building, democracy and the rule of law

About me

Geoffrey Swenson is a Reader in International Politics at City, University of London, a British Academy Mid-Career Fellow for 2023-24, a Visiting Senior Fellow in the Department of International Relations at the London School of Economics, and a Trustee of the British International Studies Association. He is also an External Affiliate of the Ostrom Workshop at the University of Indiana, a Non-Resident Fellow of the Eurasia Group Foundation, and a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

He has held fellowships at the London School of Economics, Stanford University, Oxford University, and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Previously, he was an in-country program manager for the Asia Foundation in Timor-Leste and Nepal, the founder and in-country director of Stanford Law School's Timor-Leste Legal Education Project, and a global political party development specialist with the National Democratic Institute.

Geoffrey completed a DPhil in International Relations at Oxford as a Clarendon Scholar and won the Bapsybanoo Marchioness of Winchester Prize for most outstanding thesis. He holds an MA in Comparative Ethnic Conflict from Queen's University Belfast as a Mitchell Scholar, and a JD from Stanford Law School.

Geoffrey's research has been published in leading journals including International Security, World Development, International Studies Review, Studies in Comparative International Development, Third World Quarterly, PS: Political Science & Politics, Disasters, and the Columbia Human Rights Law Review.

Research Cluster affliation

International Institutions, Law and Ethics Research Cluster

Security and Statecraft Research Cluster 

Not available to supervise PhD students

Expertise Details

post-conflict reconstruction; state-building; democracy and the rule of law; legal pluralism; international relations theory; and foreign aid

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