Donald Beaudette

Assistant Professor of Political Science

Dr. Beaudette’s research explores the relationship between so-called civil policing, counterinsurgency and insurgent vigilantism in the context of civil war.  He also maintains a general interest in the politics of ethnic conflict and is the co-author of several papers exploring the relationship between ethnic/linguistic segregation and electoral and policy outcomes in Europe.  After completing his MA in Irish Politics at Queen’s University Belfast, Beaudette conducted his doctoral work at Emory University.  He is currently working on a book manuscript based on the findings of his dissertation research.  Prior to his appointment at Oxford, Dr. Beaudette worked as a consultant for the World Bank. He held a position as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Morehouse College (Atlanta, GA) for the 2013-14 academic year.


BA| St. John's University (MN)| 2005

MA| Queen's University, Belfast| 2006

Ph.D.| Emory University| 2013

Courses Taught

POLS-110 International Relations

POLS-120 Comparative Politics


Frank Wright Memorial Prize (Best Student in the Field of Irish Politics), Queen's University, Belfast 2006


  1. Of Courts and Commerce: Reconsidering Evidence from the European Court of Justice. 2013. Journal of Politics. (74:4) pp. 1125 – 1137. With Matthew Gabel, Clifford J. Carrubba and Caitlin T. Ainsley.
  2. Linguistic Competition and Education Spending in Spain 1992 – 2008. 2014. Social Science Journal. With Andrew Kirkpatrick and Amy H. Liu
  3. Is Gerry Adams an Irish Nelson Mandela?, 7 May 2014. With Cas Mudde. 

Research Interests

My research explores the role of vigilantism as a form of political violence in the context of ongoing insurgencies. I also have broader interests in non-traditional forms of political violence and resistence and the politics of ethnic conflict.