Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies (CHRHS)

Jori Breslawski

Jori Breslawski

Postdoctoral Fellow in International and Public Affairs

Jori is a postdoctoral fellow at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs. After completing her fellowship at the Watson Institute, she will begin her appointment as Assistant Professor of Political Science at Tel Aviv University. Jori received her PhD in Political Science from University of Maryland in May 2020, where her research focused on political violence, rebel governance, and civilian agency in war. Her book project investigates the strategic motivations of armed groups to collaborate with humanitarian organizations to deliver aid to civilians in war.

Jori’s research lies at the intersection of international relations and comparative politics, and engages with topics of rebel governance, civilian agency in war, transnational networks, and aid in conflict. Her research uses a mix of quantitative and qualitative methods to investigate a wide array of questions in political violence, leveraging survey experiments, interviews, and statistical analysis to examine these topics.

Jori’s book project investigates the strategic motivations of armed groups to collaborate with humanitarian organizations to deliver aid to civilians living inside rebel-held territory. She is also working on a number of collaborative projects that address intolerance, violence, and conflict prevention. Her research has been published in a number of top journals including the Journal of Conflict Resolution and International Interactions, and has been funded by the Smith Richardson Foundation and the Global Religion Research Initiative, among others.