Sophia Dawkins

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Ph.D. Candidate

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 or funded by the Carnegie Corporation, US State Department, Mercy Corps, World Bank, and World Peace Foundation. She has published her work in diverse outlets, including the Washington Post, Political Violence at a Glance, and peer-reviewed Journal of Peace Research and European Journal of International Law. Sophia is recipient of the International Studies Association’s 2018 Finkelstein Prize for best graduate student paper in international organization, and was a 2019-2020 US Institute of Peace Jennings Randolph Peace Scholar.

Fields of Interest: 
Comparative Politics