Sabrina Karim

Sabrina Karim, Assistant Professor of Government, Cornell University
Sabrina Karim

Sabrina Karim is an Assistant Professor in the department of Government. Her research focuses on conflict and peace processes, particularly state building in the aftermath of civil war.  Specifically, she studies international involvement in security assistance to post-conflict states, gender reforms in peacekeeping and domestic security sectors, and the relationship between gender and violence. She is currently working on a book manuscript entitled, When Peace Makes States: How International Security Sector Assistance Shapes Post-Conflict State Building.  Much of her research has been in sub-Saharan Africa, where she has conducted field experiments, lab experiments, and surveys.

She is the co-author of Equal Opportunity Peacekeeping: Women, Peace, and Security in Post-Conflict Countries (Oxford University Press, 2017).  The book was the winner of the Conflict Research Studies Best Book Prize for 2017 and the American Political Science Association Conflict Processes Best Book Award for 2018.  Her work has appeared in the American Political Science Review, International Organization, the British Journal of Political Science, The Journal of Peace Research, International Interactions, World Development, and Conflict Management and Peace Science.

She recently received a grant from the Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance to conduct an eight-country assessment of women’s barriers and opportunities to join police, military, and UN peacekeeping missions.

More broadly, her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Folke Bernadotte Academy, the International Growth Centre, and the British Research Council.  Born and raised in Colorado, Sabrina received her PhD from Emory University in 2016.  Prior to her doctorate degree, she received a Fulbright Fellowship and received her master’s degree as a Clarendon Scholar from Oxford University. She has an undergraduate degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.