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Megan A. Stewart

Associate Professor of Public Policy

Megan A. Stewart is an associate professor of public policy at the University of Michigan's Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. Her research interests focus on explaining variation in how changes to social, economic, and political hierarchies—especially across racial, gender, class, or religious/ethnic lines—are attempted and achieved, and how war or political violence is often the context or consequence of such endeavors. She explores questions related to this topic using quantitative, qualitative, and experimental methods.

Stewart is the author of Governing for Revolution, in which she explains why some rebel groups undertake complex and challenging wartime projects to transform social orders by altering hierarchies of power, while most other rebel groups do not. In 2016, her paper in International Organization, "Civil War as State-Building," received honorable mention for the Best Paper Award by APSA Conflict Processes Section, and presents findings from her dissertation, which was awarded the 2018 Walter Isard Best Dissertation Award by the Peace Science Society (International). Stewart's research has also been published at Comparative Political Studies, the Journal of Politics, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, Conflict Management and Peace Science, and Research and Politics, and has been featured in the Washington Post, Political Violence at a Glance, and the Project on Middle East Political Science (POMEPS).

Stewart received her PhD in government from Georgetown University and her BA in politics and journalism from New York University.

Learn more on Stewart's personal site.

Educational background

  • PhD in government, Georgetown (2016)
  • BA in politics and journalism, New York University (2010)

Professional affiliations

  • American Political Science Association
  • International Studies Association
  • Peace Science Society
  • Women in Conflict Studies

Recent publications

  • Megan A. Stewart. Governing for Revolution: Social Transformation in Civil War. 2021. Cambridge University Press.
  • Conrad, Justin, Liana Reyes-Reardon and Megan A. Stewart. 2021. “Revisiting Opportunism in Civil Conflict: Natural Resource Extraction and Health Care Provision.” Journal of Conflict Resolution.
  • Megan A. Stewart and Karin E. Kitchens. 2021. “Social Transformation and Violence: the Legacies of the U.S. Reconstruction.” Comparative Political Studies.
  • Zachariah Mampilly and Megan A. Stewart. 2021. “A Typology of Rebel Political Institutional Arrangements.” Journal of Conflict Resolution 65(1): 15-45. Dani Nedal, Megan A. Stewart, and Michael Weintraub. 2020. “Urban Concentration and Civil War.” Journal of Conflict Resolution 64(6): 1146-1171.
  • Megan A. Stewart. 2020. “Rebel Governance: Military Boon or Military Bust? (Isard Award Article).” Conflict Management and Peace Science 37(1): 16-38.
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Governing for Revolution: Social Transformation in Civil War

Prevailing views suggest rebels govern to enhance their organizational capacity, but this book demonstrates that some rebels undertake costly governance projects that can imperil their cadres during war.
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