Dr. Chelsea Johnson's research focuses on negotiated solutions to armed conflict in the developing world, with a particular focus on the design and implementation of power-sharing institutions and the participation of former rebels in post-conflict democracies. She has developed original, cross-national data on negotiated settlements to intra-state conflict, which dis-aggregates the provisional content, as well as on the characteristics and trajectories of rebel signatory parties during the post-settlement period. These datasets are available to researchers on request. Using a mixed method approach, the findings from these data have been used to shed fresh light on variation in the success of power-sharing solutions and on patterns of rebel defection from settlements.
Dr. Johnson completed her PhD in Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley in December 2015. She has since served as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow for a Carnegie-funded project on Democratisation and Emerging Markets in Sub-Saharan Africa and as a Fellow of Comparative Politics in the Government Department at the LSE. She has extensive expertise in post-conflict democratisation in the African region, having spent years conducting field research in Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.