Séverine Autesserre

Professor, Department of Political Science, Barnard College Senior Research Scholar, Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies

246 Barnard Hall

Severine Autesserre is an expert in war, peace, peacebuilding, peacekeeping, humanitarian aid, and African politics. She has written two award-winning books and a series of articles. Her latest book, Peaceland: Conflict Resolution and the Everyday Politics of International Intervention (Cambridge University Press, 2014), examines how everyday practices, habits, and narratives influence the effectiveness of peacebuilding interventions on the ground. Her previous book, The Trouble with the Congo: Local Violence and the Failure of International Peacebuilding (Cambridge University Press, 2010), focuses on local violence and international intervention in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo. She is currently researching a new project that examines successful international contributions to local and bottom-up peacebuilding. Before becoming an academic, Autesserre worked for humanitarian and development agencies in Afghanistan, Kosovo, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nicaragua and India. She holds a post-doctorate from Yale University (2007), a Ph.D. in political science from New York University (2006), and master’s degrees in international relations and political science from Columbia University (2000) and Sciences Po (France, 1999). Please see www.severineautesserre.com for more details.



Séverine Autesserre, Peaceland: Conflict Resolution and the Everyday Politics of International Intervention (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014).

Séverine Autesserre, The Trouble With the Congo: Local Violence and the Failure of International Peacebuilding (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010).

Book Chapters

Severine Autesserre, “Paternalism and Peacebuilding: Capacity, Knowledge, and Resistance in International Interventions,” in Paternalism beyond Borders, ed. Michael Barnett (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2016).

Journal Articles

Séverine Autesserre, “The Responsibility to Protect in the Congo: The Failure of Grassroots Prevention,” International Peacekeeping 23, no. 1, (2016): 29.

Séverine Autesserre, “Going Micro: Emerging and Future Peacekeeping Research,” International Peacekeeping 26, no. 1 (2014): 492. 

Séverine Autesserre, “Dangerous Tales – Dominant Narratives on the Congo and their Unintended Consequences,” African Affairs 111, no. 443 (2012): 202.

Severine Autesserre, “Construire la Paix: Conceptions Collectives de son Etablissement, de son Maintien et de sa Consolidation,” Critique Internationale 51, (2011): 153-167.

Séverine Autesserre. “The Trouble With the Congo: a précis,” African Security Review 20, no. 2 (2011): 56-65.


Séverine Autesserre, “Hobbes and the Congo—Frames, Local Violence, and International Intervention,” International Organization 63, no. 2 (2009): 249-280.

Séverine Autesserre, “Penser les Conflits Locaux: L’Echec de l’Intervention Internationale au Congo” (“Understanding Local Conflicts: The Failure of the International Intervention in the Congo”), L’Afrique des Grands Lacs 12, (2008): 179-196.

Séverine Autesserre. “The Trouble With Congo—How Local Disputes Fuel Regional Violence.” Foreign Affairs 87, no. 3 (2008): 94-110.

Severine Autesserre, “D.R. Congo: Explaining Peace Building Failures, 2003–2006,” Review of African Political Economy 34, no. 113 (2007): 423.

Séverine Autesserre, “Local Violence, National Peace? Post-war ‘Settlement’ in the Eastern D.R. Congo,” African Studies Review 49, no. 3 (2006): 1-29.

Severine Autesserre, “Kongo’da siddet ve ölüm kültürü” (Violence and the Culture of Death in the Congo), Birikim 174, trans. K. Caliskan (2003).

Séverine Autesserre, “Seven Commentaries, Three Debates and One Book: The Author’s Response,” African Security Review 20, no. 2 (2011): 114-124.

Other Articles

Severine Autesserre, “Trouble in Peaceland,” Foreign Policy, Peace Channel, 6 October 2015, <https://foreignpolicy.com/2015/10/06/trouble-in-peaceland-united-nations-congo-development/> (6 October 2015).

Séverine Autesserre, “Peacetime Violence—Post-Conflict Violence and Peace-Building Strategies,” Program on States and Security, November 15, 2010, <http://www.severineautesserre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/CVSevNov17.pdf>.

Séverine Autesserre, “The United States’ ‘humanitarian diplomacy’ in South Sudan,” Journal of Humanitarian Affairs (2002).