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- PhD, 1999, Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- BA, 1984, Sociology, Haverford College
Taylor B. Seybolt is an Associate Professor of International Affairs at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh. He is the author of Humanitarian Military Intervention: the Conditions for Success and Failure (Oxford, 2007) and co-editor of Counting Civilian Casualties: an Introduction to Recording and Estimating Nonmilitary Deaths in Conflict (Oxford, forthcoming 2013). His research concerns protection of civilians in conflict zones. In particular, he seeks to understand the process of violence that can lead to mass killing of civilians, in order to identify ways to prevent atrocities. He was the Director of the Ford Institute for Human Security at the University of Pittsburgh, 2009-2011. From 2002 to 2008, he was a Senior Program Officer at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, DC, where he established grant-making programs in Nigeria and Sudan. While in Washington, he served as an advisor to the Genocide Prevention Task Force, co-chaired by Madeleine Albright and William Cohen. He continues to be involved in efforts to build governmental capacity to prevent and respond to mass atrocities. He has taught courses on conflict resolution at the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies and civil war at the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University. Seybolt was Leader of the Conflicts and Peace Enforcement Project at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) in Sweden, from 1999 to 2002. He was both a Pre-doctoral and Post-doctoral Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He received his Ph.D. in political science from MIT.
Teaching and Research Areas
Humanitarian intervention; the "responsibility to protect;" genocide; military intervention and peace operations; ethnic conflict and civil war; conflict mediation and resolution; post-conflict peace-building; civilian casualties; Nigeria; Sudan.
Select Publications and Funded Research
- Counting Civilian Casualties: an Introduction to Recording and Estimating Civilian Deaths in Conflict. Edited by Taylor B. Seybolt, Jay D. Aronson and Baruch Fischhoff, (forthcoming 2013, Oxford University Press), c. 300 pp.
Co-author, “Moving Toward More Accurate Casualty Counts”
- Book: Humanitarian Military Intervention: The Conditions for Success and Failure. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007.
- Article: “Harmonizing Humanitarian Aid: Adaptive Change in a Complex System,” International Studies Quarterly, 53 (2009).
- Article: “Humanitarian Intervention and International Security,” in Robert A. Denemark and Theo Farrell (eds.) International Studies Encyclopedia, 2010.
- Chapter: "The Darfur Atrocities Documentation Project: A Precedent for the Future? A Perspective from Washington, DC," in Samuel Totten and Eric Markuson, eds, Genocide in Darfur: Investigating the Atrocities in Sudan. New York: Taylor and Francis, 2006.
- Article: "Humanitarian Intervention and Communal Civil Wars: Problems and Alternative Approaches," co-authored with Daniel Byman. Security Studies, fall 2003.
Consultancies, Public Service, and Awards/Honors
- Teacher of the Year, GSPIA, 2008-2009
- Genocide Prevention Task Force, Expert Group on Military Intervention, 2007-08
- United States Institute of Peace research grant
- Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, post-doctoral fellowship
- MIT/Harvard MacArthur Transnational Security Issues research grant
- American Political Science Association (APSA)
- International Studies Association
Capstone: Understanding and Preventing Extreme Violence
Ethnic Conflict and Civil War
Other Faculty and Academic Administration Positions
- Director, Ford Institute for Human Security, 2009 - 2011
- Senior Program Officer, United States Institute of Peace, Washington, DC, 2002-2008
- Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, spring 2008
- Professorial Lecturer, Johns Hopkins University, School for Advanced International Studies, 2006-2007
- Project Leader, Conflits and Peace Enforcement Project, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), Stockholm, Sweden, 1999-2002