Stephanie Savell is an anthropologist of militarism, security, civic engagement, and political culture, and has studied these topics in the United States and in Brazil. She co-directs Brown University's Costs of War Project and conducts research and outreach on the U.S. war on terrorism and its costs for Americans and others around the world. Another major line of research is on policing and activism in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where she has conducted extensive field research. Savell writes for academic and public audiences; she has published in PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review, Focaal: Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology, the Smithsonian magazine, US News and World Report, Axios, and The Nation, among others, and is co-author of The Civic Imagination: Making a Difference in American Political Life (Routledge, 2014).
“When Is America Going to End Its Shadow War in Somalia?,” The Guardian, September 5, 2019.
“Opinion: Democratic Candidates Are Ignoring the 'Endless War' Beyond Afghanistan,” Military Times, August 11, 2019.
“The American Empire’s Long Reach,” The Nation, February 19, 2019
“This Map Shows Where in the World the U.S. Military is Combatting Terrorism,” Smithsonian, January 2019
"Rising death rate prompts some in Congress to reassess 'war on terror,'" Axios, November 8, 2018
"Credit Card Wars: Today's War Financing Strategies Will Only Increase Inequality," TomDispatch, June 28, 2018
“The War on Apathy Over America’s Wars,” Salon, February 25, 2018
“Life in a War Zone: Putting the Military in Control of Rio de Janeiro’s Policing Threatens Brazilian Democracy.” US News & World Report. February 23, 2018. (Co-authored with Nicholas Barnes.)
“Performing Humanitarian Militarism: Public Security and the Military in Brazil.” Focaal: Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology 75: 59-72. 2016.
“‘I’m Not a Leader’: Cynicism and Good Citizenship in a Brazilian Favela.” PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review 38(2): 300-317. 2015.
The Civic Imagination: Making a Difference in American Political Life. Routledge. (Co-authored with Gianpaolo Baiocchi, Elizabeth A. Bennett, Alissa Cordner, and Peter Taylor Klein.) 2014.
Talks & Media
Podcast interview. “Episode 39: Stephanie Savell: The Costs of War,” The Peacebuilding Podcast, August 6.
Stephanie Savell on Los Angeles Pacifica Radio, KPFK Middle East in Focus, April 21, 2019
“Stephanie Savell on America’s Role in Global War Against Terrorism,” C-SPAN Washington Journal, April 20, 2019
"Fueling the Backfire: Our Everywhere War on Terror," Keeping Democracy Alive with Burt Cohen, March 7, 2019
“How Global Is the Global War on Terror? For the U.S., Very Global,” NPR 1A, February 14, 2019
Counterterrorism Map Interview, BBC World News, January 17, 2019
October 20, 2021
The American Prospect
Stephanie Savell penned this article which states, "It’s clear that the U.S.-sponsored model of a "war on terror" fuels government repression of its own people and escalates cycles of violence" in reference to the Middle East and Africa.
September 27, 2021
In this article, co-authors Cathy Lutz and Stephanie Savell discuss the human costs of post-9/11 wars.
September 24, 2021
This piece cites Stephanie Savell and a map developed at Brown's Costs of War project that shows the scope of U.S. counterterrorism operations between 2018 and 2020, finding that it stretched into 85 countries.
September 2, 2021
News from Brown
This piece features an interview with Costs of War co-directors Cathy Lutz and Stephanie Savell on a new report ahead of the 20th anniversary of 9/11.
May 13, 2021
This article includes commentary from Stephanie Savell and cites a visual essay featuring new Costs of War data.
May 12, 2021
Des Moines Register
This article cites the Costs of War project at Watson, referencing the amount of money spent on post-9/11 wars.
March 12, 2021
Stephanie Savell penned this article on the United States' role in government abuse in Burkina Faso.