Jessica Stanton

Assistant Professor
Stiteler Hall 214
(215) 898-7646

Jessica Stanton is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania, specializing in international relations. Her research interests include the causes, dynamics, and resolution of civil wars; the role of international law in international relations; and the causes of conflict and cooperation in international relations. She is currently working on a book project that seeks to explain why some governments and rebel groups engaged in civil war adopt strategies that involve the deliberate targeting of civilians, while other groups, in accordance with international humanitarian law, refrain from attacking civilian populations. In support of this project, she has conducted field research in Indonesia and Uganda. Before joining the Political Science Department at the University of Pennsylvania in 2008, she held fellowships at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University, the John M. Olin Institute for Strategic Studies at Harvard University, and the Christopher H. Browne Center for International Politics at the University of Pennsylvania. 

Courses Taught: 


  • Introduction to International Relations
  • International Institutions and Law
  • Contemporary Civil Wars 

University of Pennsylvania
208 S. 37th Street, Room 217
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6215
Phone: (215) 898-7641

Anne Norton Chair
Matthew Levendusky Graduate Chair
Marc Meredith Undergraduate Chair