Welcome! I am a Senior Researcher in Peace and Conflict at Mercy Corps and an affiliated scholar at both the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale University and the Institute for the Study of International Migration at Georgetown University. My research focuses on forced migration and population displacement, civil war, political violence, international intervention, and governance in conflict-affected countries.  In my work I utilize 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 scholarly journals such as International Organization, along with outlets like the Washington Post, Foreign Policy, and U.N. Dispatch.

I received my Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. My research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Institute of Peace, the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, and the University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation. 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)