Megan Stewart

U.S. Foreign Policy and International Security Fellow

Megan A. Stewart is an Assistant Professor at American University's School of International Service. Her research investigates why political actors attempt to transform social orders, explains variation in how political actors approach social transformation, and identifies the enduring consequences of these transformative endeavors. Dr. Stewart's book manuscript, Governing for Revolution, will be published with Cambridge University Press in early 2021. The book explains variation in rebel governance strategies, incorporating both quantitative and qualitative methods, including the creation and analysis of an original dataset, elite interviews held in Lebanon, and archival research conducted in East Timor, Australia, Sweden, the United States and the United Kingdom. From 2016-2017, she was a Post-Doctoral Research Associate and Lab Manager at the University of Virginia's Politics Experimental Lab. In 2016, her paper in International Organization, "Civil War as State-Building," received honorable mention for the Best Paper Award by APSA Conflict Processes Section. Her research has also been published in the Journal of Politics, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Research and Politics, and Conflict Management and Peace Science and has been featured in the Washington Post, Political Violence at a Glance, and the Project on Middle East Political Science (POMEPS).

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  • B.A. New York University
  • M.A. Georgetown University
  • Ph.D. Georgetown University

Selected Publications

  • Stewart, Megan A. Governing for Revolution. Cambridge University Press. 2021.

  • Mampilly, Zachariah and Megan A. Stewart. 2020. "A Typology of Rebel Political Institutional Arrangements." Journal of Conflict Resolution. DOI: 0022002720935642

  • Nedal, Dani, Megan A. Stewart and Michael Weintraub. 2020. "Urban concentration and civil war." Journal of Conflict Resolution. 64 (6), 1146-1171.

  • Stewart, Megan A. 2020. "Rebel governance: military boon or military bust?" Conflict Management and Peace Science 37 (1): 16-38.

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