Welcome! I am Senior Researcher for Peace and Conflict at Mercy Corps, a Visiting Fellow at the Feinstein International Center at Tufts Universityand a Research Fellow in the Centre for International Security at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, Germany. My research focuses on population displacement, civil war, political violence, and peacebuilding. In my work I use a range of quantitative and qualitative methodologies and draw on original cross-national and sub-national data. I have conducted extensive fieldwork in the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa, including surveys and archival, interview, and ethnographic research. My work has been published in journals such as International Organization, the British Journal of Political SciencePolitical Geography, and Economics & Politics, along with media outlets like the Washington Post and Foreign Policy. I have also developed and taught courses on forced migration, international security, and comparative politics. 


I received my Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley, and from 2019-2020 I was a Postdoctoral Associate and Lecturer at the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale University.  My research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Institute of Peace, and the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation. I have also served as a consultant for humanitarian, development, and advocacy organizations on issues related to conflict, displacement, and governance, including UNHCR, the World Bank, the Danish Refugee Council, USAID, and Refugees International. Prior to my academic career, I reported for National Geographic and worked on USAID-funded stabilization and political transition programs in Afghanistan, Libya, and South Sudan.

You can contact me at alichtenheld (at) mercycorps (dot) org.

Photos: (L) Ein Issa Displacement Camp, Raqqa, Syria; (R) NMPDC, Kitgum, Uganda (A. Lichtenheld)