Politics and International Relations

Graduate Student

Degree Course: DPhil in International Relations

Supervisor: Professor Richard Caplan

Email: frances.brown [AT] politics.ox.ac.uk

Ms. Frances Z. Brown

Research Topic: Countering Violent Extremism, Community-Driven Development, and Local Governance

Academic Profile

Frances Z. Brown comes to the DPIR after over a decade as an analyst and practitioner at the intersection of conflict and development, including over five years on the ground in Afghanistan, the Middle East, and the Sahel. Her research focuses on linkages between donor countering violent extremism policies, community-driven development, and local governance.  She holds a BA in history from Yale and an MA in international relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). 

Frances's previous work includes three years with the US Agency for International Development (USAID)'s Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI), overseeing stabilization and conflict mitigation programs in Afghanistan, Mali, and the Middle East. She also received a Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) International Affairs Fellowship and US  Institute of Peace Afghanistan Fellowship, supporting a year of research on Afghanistan's (post)-conflict governance and counterinsurgency.  Before joining government, Frances worked a year on the US 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review through Booz Allen Hamilton, a year at the Kabul-based Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit, and two years in Beirut, Lebanon. Other experience includes project management roles in Jordan, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq, political risk forecasting in a London-based firm, and stints with the International Crisis Group and the US Embassy in Kuwait.

Frances's commentaries have appeared in the Washington Post, the LA Times,  the International Herald Tribune,  Foreign Policy, the Christian Science Monitor, the American Interest, and elsewhere. Her academic awards include a Smith Richardson Foundation Fellowship, the John W Heinz Fellowship, the Alida Smith fellowship, and the W John Kenney Fellowship. She is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Truman National Security Project Fellow, a Young Strategist for the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and a member of Women in International Security.

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