Jennifer M. Hazen is the Chair of Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Studies at the Foreign Service Institute, U.S. State Department. She is also an Associate Research Professor in the Public Policy Department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Prior to joining the Foreign Service Institute, Dr. Hazen served as a Social Scientist and Senior Advisor at U.S. Africa Command in Stuttgart, Germany. She has also worked as a Research Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin, a Research Fellow at the Center on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding in Geneva, Switzerland, a Senior Researcher at the Small Arms Survey, a Political Affairs Officer at the UN peacekeeping mission in Sierra Leone, UNAMSIL, and an Analyst with International Crisis Group.
Dr. Hazen has taught at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Texas at Austin, Georgetown University, and the UN University for Peace.
Dr. Hazen 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.
Most recently Dr. Hazen completed a monograph on the challenges of reintegrating U.S. Special Operations Forces following deployments, Transitioning from War to Peace: Post-Deployment Support for Special Operations Forces.
Dr. Hazen’s research has focused on armed groups, conflict dynamics, transnational threats, peace processes, post-conflict peacebuilding, and post-conflict security challenges. She earned her BA in political science from the University of Michigan, and her MA and Ph.D. in international relations from Georgetown University.