Dr. Jennifer Hazen’s career has straddled the academic-policy nexus. She received her BA in political science from the University of Michigan, and her MA and PhD in international relations from Georgetown University.

She possesses more than a decade of post-doctoral experience conducting policy-relevant studies that inform top decision makers. Her approach is based on the belief that good research is at the core of good policy, and that an understanding of real world dynamics is essential to developing effective strategic and programmatic responses to policy challenges. She has conducted field research in more than a dozen countries. From 2011-2015, Dr. Hazen served as a Social Scientist at U.S. Africa Command in Stuttgart, Germany where she improved senior leadership understanding of Africa through research and strategic advising on areas of subject matter expertise. Prior to joining AFRICOM, Dr. Hazen served as a Research Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin and at the Center on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding in Geneva, Switzerland. She has also worked as a Senior Researcher at the Small Arms Survey, a Political Affairs Officer at the UN peacekeeping mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL), an Analyst with International Crisis Group, and a Research Analyst at the U.S. State Department.

She has taught at the University of Texas at Austin, Georgetown University, and the UN University for Peace. She has published several articles and book chapters, as well as a single-authored volume, What Rebels Want: Resources and Supply Networks in Wartime, and a co-edited volume, Global Gangs. Her research has focused on armed groups, conflict dynamics, transnational threats, peace processes, post-conflict peacebuilding, and security sector reform. She is currently investigating the challenges surrounding the social reintegration of U.S. soldiers following deployments.