New Book

Global Governance and Local Peace: Accountability and Performance in International Peacebuilding

"Susanna P. Campbell has written a major contribution to our knowledge of peacebuilding. A rare combination of theoretical sophistication and intensive fieldwork, this is the sort of book that both scholars and policymakers must read."

Michael Barnett
George Washington University, Washington DC


Peacebuilding, Prevention, and Sustaining Peace


About Me

I am an Assistant Professor at American University’s School of International Service. My research and teaching address war-to-peace transitions, peacebuilding, peacekeeping, international development and humanitarian aid, IO and INGO behavior, and the micro-dynamics of civil war and peace. I use mixed-method research designs and have conducted extensive fieldwork in conflict-affected countries, including Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nepal, Sudan, South Sudan, and East Timor. I have received several grants for this research, including from the Swiss National Science Foundation and the United States Institute of Peace.  

My first single-authored book, Global Governance and Local Peace: Accountability and Performance in International Peacebuilding, was published in 2018 by Cambridge University Press. I am currently writing a new book, Aiding Peace? Donor Behavior in Conflict-Affected Countries, that examines the behavior of international donors in war-torn countries. My other peer-reviewed pieces have been published by Columbia University Press, International Studies Review, Journal of Global Security Studies, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, and International Peacekeeping.

I have extensive experience with international peacebuilding, peacekeeping, development, and humanitarian aid agencies. I have led studies of the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund, United Nations Development Program, the World Bank, the UK Department for International Development (DFID), and Care International, and have worked for the Council on Foreign Relations and UNICEF Burundi. I received my PhD in 2012 from Tufts University. Prior to joining the School of International Service, I held post-doctoral positions at The Graduate Institute in Geneva and The Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia University. 

Photo by Cynthia Hennebry

Photo by Cynthia Hennebry

News and Updates

SIS Bookshelf

As part of the SIS Bookshelf series, I talk about why “bad behavior” can mean successful peacebuilding.

Upcoming events

Rule Breaking Bureaucrats

School of International Service, American University Washington, DC

November 30, 2018 9:30 am - 4:00 pm