Elizabeth Radziszewski

Faculty / Elizabeth Radziszewski

Assistant Professor of Political Science

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Elizabeth Radziszewski is an Assistant Professor of Political Science.  Her research focuses on international conflicts, insurgencies, external interventions into conflicts, conflict termination, private military companies, social networks, and creativity in foreign policy and in the classroom.  Her regional specialization includes Sub-Saharan Africa and Poland. She is the author of Social Networks and Public Support for the European Union (Routledge 2013) and is currently completing her second book on private military companies’ impact on the termination of insurgencies. She teaches courses in Political Science and Homeland Security. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.


  • Rider University
    • Assistant Professor: September 2016
    • Department of Political Science
    • Teaching: Understanding Politics, American Foreign and National Security Policy, Insurgencies, Global Security
  • Lehigh University
    • Visiting Assistant Professor: 2012-2016
    • Department of International Relations
    • Teaching: Introduction to World Politics, Current Issues in World Politics, Spies, Lies and Allies: the Dark Side of U.S. Foreign Policy, Conflict Resolution, African Politics, International Relations of Europe, African Politics, Environmental Conflict, U.S. Foreign Policy
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, The European Union Center
    • Visiting Scholar: 2011-2012
  • Yeshiva University
    • Assistant Professor: 2007-2011
    • Teaching: Introduction to International Relations, Civil Wars, Causes of Wars, Conflict Resolution, African Politics, U.S. Foreign Policy
  • Seton Hall University
    • Adjunct Professor: 2005-2006
    • Teaching: Introduction to International Relations, Comparative Foreign Policy

Educational Background

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
    Ph.D. Political Science
    M.A. Political Science
  • Rutgers University, New Brunswick
    B.A.  Political Science and History; Journalism and Media Studies



  • Social Networks and Public Support for the European Union (Routledge 2013)


  • “Web of Links: Rival Connectedness and Conflict Resolution,” with Seden Akcinaroglu, forthcoming in 2017, Journal of Global Security Studies.
  • “Foreign Policy Has Lost Its Creativity. Design Thinking is the Answer,” The Wilson Quarterly, Winter (2016), online
  • “Polish Foreign Policy and the Ukraine Crisis,” European Politics and Policy (EUROPP), London School of Economics and Political Science, September 9 (2014), online
  • “The Effects of Rivalry on Rivalry: Confrontations and the Strategic Management of Threats,” with Seden Akcinaroglu and Paul F. Diehl, Foreign Policy Analysis (2014) 10(1):81-100.
  • “Private Military Companies, Opportunities, and Termination of Civil Wars in Africa,” with Seden Akcinaroglu, The Journal of Conflict Resolution (2013) 57(5):795-821.
  • “Interpersonal Discussions and Attitude Formation on Foreign Policy: the Case of Polish Involvement in the Iraq War,” Foreign Policy Analysis, (2013) 9(1):103-123.
  • “Avalanches and Olive Branches: A Multi-Method Analysis of Disasters and Peacemaking in Interstate Rivalries,” with Seden Akcinaroglu and Jonathan DiCicco, Political Research Quarterly, (2011) 64(2): 260-275.
  • “Expectations, Rivalries, and Civil War Duration,” International Interactions, with Seden Akcinaroglu, (2005) 31(4): 349-374.  

Book Chapter

  • “Polish Opposition to the War in Iraq,” in Public Opinion & International Intervention: Lessons from the Iraq War, Richard Sobel, Peter Furia, and Bethany Barrett (eds.), with Wojtek M. Wolfe, Potomac Press (2012).

Selected, Recent Presentations & Talks

  • “Markets and Accountability of Private Military Companies,” International Studies Association, Baltimore, 2017
  • “Business Strategies and Innovation in U.S. Foreign Policy Management,” Homeland Defense/Security Education Summit, Washington, D.C., 2017
  • Fellows Panel on Career Development, Conference for the Council of European Studies, Philadelphia, 2016
  • “Innovation and Creativity in the Classroom,” Baker Institute for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Creativity, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, 2015
  • Symposium Speaker, “Competition, Accountability, and Private Military Industry in Civil Wars,” The Institute of World Politics, Washington, D.C., 2014
  • Kociuszko Chair of Polish Studies Lecture Speaker, “Social Networks and Public Support for the European Union,” The Institute of World Politics, Washington, 2013
  • “Opportunity-Reputation Tradeoff and the Timing of Terrorist Attacks,” International Security Studies Section of International Studies Assocation, Washington, D.C., 2013
  • “Spillover Effects from Natural Disasters and State Responses in Civil Wars,” Peace Science Society, Savannah, 2012

Selected Awards

  • Summer Research Fellowship, Rider University, 2017
  • Student Mentor, Sorority Recognition, Lehigh University, 2013 & 2015
  • Interdisciplinary Research Grant (Project: Computer-Aided Prediction of Terrorist Attacks), with S. Akcinaroglu and David Liu, Binghamton University, 2010
  • Junior Scholars Grant, East European Studies, Woodrow Wilson Center and American Council of Learned Societies, 2007
  • Sudman Dissertation Award: Excellence in Survey Research, University of Illinois, 2007
  • Co-winner, UN’s Online Volunteering Team of the Year Award for work that brings post-secondary education to refugees in Africa’s conflict zones, 2007
  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship, Field Research (Poland), Council for European Studies, 2004