Associate Professor
Department of Government, Georgetown University


Areas of Expertise
International Affairs, Comparative Politics, Civil Wars and Intrastate Conflict, Peacekeeping, U.S. Foreign Policy, Sub-Saharan Africa

Lise Morjé Howard is an Associate Professor in the Department of Government at Georgetown University. She was previously the founding director of the Master of Arts Program in Conflict Resolution at Georgetown. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley, and her A.B. in Soviet Studies magna cum laude from Barnard College of Columbia University. Previously, she was an Assistant Professor of Government at Wesleyan University. She has held pre- and post-doctoral fellowships at Stanford University (Center for International Security and Cooperation), Harvard University (Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs), and the University of Maryland (Center for International Development and Conflict Management).

Dr. Howard’s research and teaching interests include international relations, comparative politics, conflict resolution, civil wars, peacekeeping, and area studies of the Balkans and sub-Saharan Africa. She has published several articles and book chapters on these topics. Her book, UN Peacekeeping in Civil Wars, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2008, and it won the 2010 Book Award from the Academic Council on the UN System (ACUNS). She is also working on several other projects including one on the norm of negotiated settlements in civil wars, and another on U.S. mediation in ethnic conflicts. Dr. Howard has also received awards for her work on peacekeeping from the Soroptimist International, the Barnard College Alumnae Association, and the James D. Kline Fund. She has received support from the MacArthur Foundation, the Institute for the Study of World Politics, the National Security Education Program, and the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation.

Dr. Howard is fluent in French and Russian, and speaks some Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Spanish, and German. Prior to beginning graduate school, she served as Acting Director of UN Affairs for the New York City Commission for the United Nations.

Recent Publications 
Lise Morjé Howard, “The Ethnocracy Trap.” Journal of Democracy 23.4 (2012).

Lise Morjé Howard, “Sources of Change in US-UN Relations.” Global Governance 16.4 (2010).

Lise Morjé Howard, UN Peacekeeping in Civil Wars (2008)

Lise Morjé Howard, “Sources of Change in US-UN Relations.” Global Governance 16.4 (2010)

Lise Morjé Howard, “Pitfalls and Prospects in the Peacekeeping Literature.” Annual Review of Political Science 11 (2008).

Lise Morjé Howard, “UN Peace Implementation in Namibia: The Causes of Success.” International Peacekeeping 9.1 (2002)

Recent Publications 
2010 Friends of ACUNS Book Award for UN Peacekeeping in Civil Wars
ACUNS Podcast Series: Current Issues 3 – Peacekeeping
Updated July, 2014