Agnieszka Paczynska is Associate Professor at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University and the Principal Investigator of a United States Institute of Peace-funded project, “Emerging Powers in Post-Conflict and Transitional Settings: the New Politics of Reconstruction.” She is also co-editor with Susan Hirsch of Studies in Conflict, Justice, and Social Change book series published by Ohio University Press.
Paczynska has been a Franklin Fellow/Foreign Affairs Officer in the Office of the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization (S/CRS) at the United States Department of State and has worked at the American University in Cairo, Warsaw School of Economics, Search for Common Ground and the Brookings Institution. She has observed elections in Liberia, Afghanistan and Egypt and has worked as a conflict analysis consultant for the U.S. State Department, USAID and Marine Corps Combat Development Command.
Paczynska’ research interests include the relationship between economic and political change and conflict, distributive conflicts, the relationship between globalization processes and local conflicts, and post-conflict reconstruction policies. Her research has been funded by grants from International Research and Exchange Board (IREX), the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the U.S. Department of Education’s Fund for Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE), the Vrandenburg Foundation and United States Institute of Peace (USIP) among others. She is the author of State, Labor, and the Transition to a Market Economy: Egypt, Poland, Mexico and the Czech Republic (Penn State University Press, 2013, updated edition) and has published in the Review of International Political Economy, PS: Politics and Political Science, New Political Science, and Eastern European Politics and Societies, among others.
She holds a B.A. and M.A. in political science from New York University and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Virginia.