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McAllister_picHello, bonjour, zdravo, bok! I am an assistant professor of political science at Kenyon College. During the 2017-18 academic year, I was also a Fulbright Research Scholar at PluriCourts—Centre for the Study of the Legitimate Role of the Judiciary in the Global Order. I received a B.A., cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Wellesley College and a doctorate from Northwestern University, Department of Political Science.


At Kenyon, I teach courses on international relations, transitional justice, human rights, international organizations, civil wars, and U.S. foreign policy. In 2016-17, I won the Kenyon College Trustee Junior Teaching Excellence Award. Prior to coming to Kenyon, I taught courses in international relations at Wellesley College and Northwestern.

My current research focuses on whether, how, and when international criminal tribunals impact violence against civilians and peace prospects. Thus far, I have primarily focused on the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia's (ICTY's) intervention in conflicts associated with the break-up of Yugoslavia. My research on the ICTY's impact is based on extensive archival and interview data collected in The Netherlands, Washington, D.C., and Southeast Europe (in Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Serbia, and Macedonia). The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, National Science Foundation, American Association of University Women, American Council of Learned Societies, and the Dispute Resolution Research Center at the J.L. Kellogg School of Management have supported my research. So far, it has appeared in International Security (forthcoming), The American Journal of International Law, and Foreign Affairs. Besides my work on the ICTY, I completed a collaborative research project with Karen Alter and Laurence Helfer on the Economic Community of West African States' Court of Justice. In addition, I have published short stories in Leptir Mašna, The Literary Journal of Students in Balkan Studies.


I grew up in Boulder, Colorado. I have a master's in political science from Northwestern University. I also hold a bachelor's degree in political science and French (Phi Beta Kappa and Cum Laude) from Wellesley College. In my free time, I enjoy running, hiking, skiing, cooking, learning new languages, and planning my next big trip.


Through the links above, you can learn more. If you would like additional information, please contact me at: mcallisterj@kenyon.edu.

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