Sarah Zukerman Daly

Research Interests

Civil and ethnic violence; peace processes


Sarah Daly is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and Faculty Fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Her research focuses on civil wars and peace-building, international security, and ethnic politics with a primary regional focus on Latin America. Her book manuscript, Organized Violence after Civil War: The Geography of Recruitment in Latin America, forthcoming with Cambridge University Press, explores why armed organizations remilitarize or demilitarize in the aftermath of peace accords. Her other research seeks to explain sub-national variation in insurgency onset and recurrence, organized crime and state-building, recidivism of ex-combatants during war to peace transitions, state strategies towards ethnic minorities in the former Soviet Union, and the role of emotions in transitional justice regimes. Her research has been published in the Journal of Peace Research, British Journal of Political Science, Comparative Politics, Conflict, Security & Development, and in several edited volumes. Sarah holds a PhD in Political Science from MIT, a MSc in Development Studies from London School of Economics and a BA in International Relations from Stanford University with Honors in International Security Studies from the Center for International Security & Cooperation (CISAC). She has conducted field research in Colombia, Ecuador, Chile, Brazil, and Israel, is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and has spent time at the World Bank, Organization of American States, and Peace Research Institute of Oslo. Sarah has also served as a fellow in the Political Science Department and at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University, at the Saltzman Institute of War & Peace Studies at Columbia University, and at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University. Her research has been funded by the Mellon Foundation/American Council of Learned Societies, Social Science Research Council, National Science Foundation, Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, Smith Richardson Foundation, Fulbright Program, United States Institute of Peace, Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Minerva Initiative, MIT Center for International Studies, and MIT Entrepreneurship Center.

Sarah's book, Organized Violence after Civil War: The Geography of Recruitment in Latin America, can be pre-ordered here.