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Dr. Jessica Auchter
UC Foundation Associate Professor, Guerry Professor
Political Science & Public Service
Ph.D., Arizona State University, 2012
  (423) 425-5850
  308 Pfeiffer

Dr. Auchter joined the department in fall 2012. Her main research and teaching interests lie in the field of International Relations. She has published articles in Review of International Studies, International Feminist Journal of Politics, Journal of Global Security Studies, International Affairs, Journal for Cultural Research, Millennium, and Critical Studies on Security, among others, and several chapters in edited volume projects. Her book, The Politics of Haunting and Memory in International Relations, was published by Routledge in 2014.

She is the recipient of the Fred Hartmann paper award from the International Studies Association for her research on memorials to undocumented immigrants who die crossing the US-Mexico border. She is also the recipient of the Dean’s Award for Excellence: Promising Young Scholar, in 2016. Dr. Auchter also serves as an associate editor for the Journal of International Relations and Development, on the editorial board for the Journal of Narrative Politics, and on the editorial board for the journal International Political Sociology, and on the governing council of the International Studies Association Northeast, where she was program chair of their conference in 2016, and President of the region in 2018. She regularly presents her research at national and international conferences.

She offers courses in the areas of Political Violence, Security Studies and Terrorism, American Foreign Policy, Genocide, Humanitarianism and Humanitarian Intervention, Gender and Global Violence, and International Ethics. Her main regions of focus are Africa and the Middle East. She is willing to supervise honors thesis projects on these and related topics. She also led a service learning study abroad trip to Cambodia in summer 2016 and to Kenya in summer 2018. In 2018 she won the College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teaching Award.