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- International Studies
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Global and International Studies Building, 1004
Jessica Steinberg is an Associate Professor in the Department of International Studies at Indiana University. Her research focuses on the political economy of development, local politics of natural resource extraction, territorial sovereignty, and violent conflict. Her book, “Mines, Communities, and States: The Local Politics of Natural Resource Extraction in Africa” (Cambridge University Press 2019) investigates the strategic interaction between international mining firms, states, and local communities to understand different governance outcomes in regions of natural resource extraction. Her next book-length project explores the use of common-pool resources (forestry in particular) in conflict and post-conflict contexts to explore the effect of common-pool resource management participation on local stability. Other areas of interest include technologies of repression, conflict events reporting, and private investment in unstable regions. She employs a mixed-methods approach, including game theory, comparative case analysis, and statistical methods, and she has conducted fieldwork in Congo-Brazzaville, Zambia, DRC, Senegal, and Mozambique.