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Department of Political Science


Katherine Barbieri

Title: Associate Professor
Department: Political Science
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 803-777-6902
Office: Gambrell, 320
Resources: Curriculum Vitae [pdf]


Katherine Barbieri is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC. Her expertise resides in the area of International Relations and International Political Economy. She was formerly an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Vanderbilt University from 1998-2004 and at the University of North Texas from 1995-1998.

Katherine Barbieri's general research focuses on the intersection between international political economy and conflict studies. She is particularly interested in the impact of globalization on conflict, including civil and interstate war, military disputes, terrorism, and state repression. She also examines various dimensions of international trade and the impact that they have on societies and relations between societies. Professor Barbieri is the author of The Liberal Illusion: Does Trade Promote Peace? (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2002), the co-editor (with Gerald Schneider and Nils Petter Gleditsch) of Globalization and Armed Conflict (Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2003), and author (or co-author) of a number of articles and book chapters on trade and conflict, which have appeared (or will appear) in such outlets as Journal of Peace Research and Security Studies.

Katherine Barbieri is currently working on a book project that assesses the effectiveness of the military’s Money as a Weapons System’s (MAAWS) programs for achieving the U.S.’s  political and military objectives in Iraq and Afghanistan. MAAWS was a central feature of the U.S.’s Counter- Insurgency (COIN) Strategy.

Katherine Barbieri received her Ph.D. in Political Science in 1996 from Binghamton University, Binghamton, New York. That year she was awarded the American Political Science Association’s Helen Dwight Reid Award for the best doctoral dissertation completed in the fields of international relations, law and politics. She received an M.A. in International Development from Clark University, Worcester, MA, in 1988 and a B.A., cum laude in International Development in 1987 from Clark University.

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