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Elisabeth King

Elisabeth King

Vice Dean for Faculty Affairs and Professor of International Education & Politics

Applied Statistics, Social Science, and Humanities


Elisabeth King is Vice Dean for Faculty Affairs, Professor of International Education and Politics at New York University and Founding Director of NYU’s interdisciplinary minor in Peace and Conflict Studies. Her research focuses on building inclusive identities and institutions in ethnically diverse and conflict-affected contexts. King uses research methods ranging from in-depth qualitative interviews and focus groups, to randomized field experiments and surveys, and works with policy-makers to link her scholarship with on-the-ground practice and programming. She is author (with Cyrus Samii) of Diversity, Violence and Recognition: How Recognizing Ethnic Identity Promotes Peace (Oxford University Press, 2020), winner of the 2022 Best Book Award from the International Studies Association, and From Classrooms to Conflict in Rwanda (Cambridge University Press, 2014), named an Outstanding Academic Title by the American Libraries Association. Other recent work appears in Journal of Peace Research, World Development and African Studies Review. King’s work has been funded by grants from such organizations as the United States Institute of Peace, the Spencer Foundation, and the Folke Bernadotte Academy. She has conducted fieldwork in Kenya, Liberia, the Philippines and Rwanda, among others. She has consulted for organizations including UNICEF, USAID, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, and the MasterCard Foundation, with special expertise in post-conflict peacebuilding, education in conflict-affected contexts, and community-driven development. King received her PhD in political science from the University of Toronto and was a postdoctoral fellow at Columbia University. Website: