Sophia Dawkins

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Ph.D Student

115 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06520


  • M.A. International Relations, The Fletcher School, Tufts University (2011)
  • B.A. Philosophy, Politics and Economics, University of Oxford (2007)


Sophia Dawkins researches how peace processes shape political violence in civil wars, with a focus on South Sudan and the Horn of Africa. Sophia has been engaged with Sudan and South Sudan since 2010, when she deployed as an humanitarian worker in the contested Abyei Area. She then worked for four years in peace mediation and humanitarian negotiations with Conflict Dynamics International. Sophia has conducted projects for the World Bank, African Union, Carnegie Corporation, US State Department, Mercy Corps and World Peace Foundation. She has published on peace processes in diverse outlets, including the Washington Post and peer-reviewed European Journal of International Law, and spoken at the World Conference on Humanitarian Studies, Rift Valley Institute, American Society of International Law and International Studies Association, amongst other venues. In 2013, Sophia was named to the Diplomatic Courier list of 99 most influential foreign policy leaders under 33 years of age. She is also recipient of the International Studies Association’s 2018 Finkelstein Prize for best graduate student paper in international organization, and is a 2019-2020 US Institute of Peace Jennings Randolph Peace Scholar.


  • Comparative Politics