Alexandra Chinchilla joined the Department of International Affairs as an Assistant Professor in the fall of 2022. She was previously a Rosenwald Fellow in U.S. Foreign Policy and International Security and Niehaus Postdoctoral Fellow at The John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth College. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Chicago in 2021.
Dr. Chinchilla’s research focuses on international security, with a regional interest in Russia and Eastern Europe. In her book project and related articles, she examines how powerful states use security assistance tools, like military training and advising, and when these tools succeed in influencing other militaries. Her dissertation on this topic won an honorable mention for Best Dissertation from the American Political Science Association’s International Collaboration section. Dr. Chinchilla’s other research projects examine proxy war, political violence, and the effects of security cooperation on democracy, human rights, and civil-military relations in recipient countries. Her work combines methods from political economy with qualitative research based on archival work and original interviews.
Dr. Chinchilla’s research has been published in the Journal of Peace Research, International Politics, the International Studies Review, and Studies in Conflict & Terrorism. It has been supported by the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) and the Minerva Research Initiative, the Notre Dame International Security Center, The Charles Koch Foundation, and The Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts at the University of Chicago.