Formerly a Kellogg Faculty Fellow and associate professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame, Sarah Zukerman Daly is assistant professor of political science at Columbia University. Her research interests include postwar elections, political violence, civil war and peace, organized crime, ethnic politics, transitional justice, and vaccine hesitancy.

Her book Organized Violence after Civil War: The Geography of Recruitment in Latin America (Cambridge University Press, Comparative Politics Series, 2016) received Honorable Mention for the Conflict Research Society’s 2017 Best Book of the Year Prize. Forthcoming from Princeton University Press in its International Politics and History series is her second book, Violent Victors: Why Bloodstained Parties Win Postwar Elections, for which she was awarded the Minerva-United States Institute of Peace, Peace and Security Early Career Scholar Award and was named a 2018 Andrew Carnegie Fellow.

Zukerman Daly's work has appeared in journals such as World Politics, British Journal of Political Science, and International Security, among others, and in several edited volumes. A Journal of Peace Research article received Honorable Mention for the Nils Petter Gleditsch JPR Article of the Year Award.

Her research has been funded by the Andrew Mellon Foundation/American Council of Learned Societies, Social Science Research Council, National Science Foundation, Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, Smith Richardson Foundation, Fulbright Program, United States Institute of Peace, Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Minerva Initiative. She is a permanent member of the Council on Foreign Relations and an affiliate of Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation.

Zukerman Daly holds an MSc (Distinction) in development studies from the London School of Economics and a PhD in political science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she was awarded the Lucian Pye Award for the Best Dissertation in Political Science.

Thematic Interests

Civil wars and peace-building; international security; ethnic politics

Research Sub-Discipline

Journal Articles


Book Chapters

Other Accomplishments & Recognitions
  • Peace and Security Early Career Scholar Award, Minerva-US Institute of Peace (2017)