Katherine Barbieri


Political Science

Thematic Experience:

Conflict, Economics

Geographical Expertise:

Professor 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.

Professor 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.

Professor 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.

Professor 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.