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Haley J.

Associate Professor, Radboud University

Contact Academic Positions

Telephone: 2021— Associate Professor, Radboud University
+ 31 (0)24 3615687 Institute of Management Research, Department of Political Science
Centre for International Conflict Analysis and Management
E-mail: 2011—21 Assistant Professor, Radboud University
Institute of Management Research, Department of Political Science
Website: Centre for International Conflict Analysis and Management

Twitter: Academic Affiliations

2021— Research Collaborator, Research on International Policy Implementation Lab (RIPIL)
Bridging the Gap, American University

2017-19 Research Associate, German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA)
Institute for African Affairs

2015-17 Visiting Fellow, Yale University

The Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies

2013 Visiting Fellow, Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre

Faculty of Academic Affairs and Research

2012-14 Affiliated Researcher, Cornell University

Institute for African Development

2011 Ph.D., Political Science | The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs,
Syracuse University
Subfields: International Relations and Comparative Politics

2007 M.A., Political Science | The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs,
Syracuse University

2005 B.S., Political Science | Texas Christian University

University and Department Honors

HJ Swedlund. 2017. The Development Dance: How Donors and Recipients Negotiate the
Delivery of Foreign Aid. Cornell University Press.

Peer-Reviewed Articles
M. Turolla, HJ Swedlund, M. Schut and P. Muchunguzi. 2022. ”“Stop Calling Me a Youth!”:
Understanding and analysing heterogeneity among Ugandan youth agripreneurs.” Africa
Spectrum, OnlineFirst. DOI: 10.1177/00020397221105292.
S. Dierich, H. Hardt, and HJ Swedlund. 2021. ”How to do elite experiments in IR.” European
Journal of International Relations, 27(2):596-621. DOI: 10.1177/1354066120987891
L Alcorta, HJ Swedlund, and J Smits. 2020. “Discrimination and ethnic conflict: A dyadic
analysis of politically-excluded groups in sub-Saharan Africa.” International Interactions,
46(2), 251-273. DOI: 10.1080/03050629.2020.1716748
L Alcorta, J Smits, HJ Swedlund, and E de Jong. 2020. “The ‘dark side’ of social capital:
A cross-national examination of the relationship between social capital and violence in
Africa.” Social Indicators Research, 149, 445–465. DOI: 10.1007/s11205-019-02264-z
HJ Swedlund and M Lierl. 2020. “The rise and fall of budget support: Ownership, bargaining
and donor commitment problems in foreign aid.” Development Policy Review, 38(S1),
O50-O69. DOI: 10.1111/dpr.12463
ME Desrosiers and HJ Swedlund. 2019. “Rwanda’s post-genocide foreign aid relations: Re-
visiting notions of exceptionalism.” African Affairs, 118 (472), 435-462.
DOI: 10.1093/afraf/ady032
L Alcorta, J Smits and HJ Swedlund. 2018. “Inequality and ethnic conflict in sub-Saharan
Africa.” Social Forces, 97(2): 769-792. DOI: 10.1093/sf/soy049
HJ Swedlund. 2017. “Can foreign aid donors credibly threaten to suspend aid? Evidence
from a cross-national survey of donor officials.” Review of International Political Economy,
24(3): 454- 496. DOI: 10.1080/09692290.2017.1302490
HJ Swedlund. 2017. “Is China eroding the bargaining power of traditional donors in Africa?”
International Affairs. 93(2): 389-408. DOI: 10.1093/ia/iiw059
**Nominated for Early Career Award (2017), International Affairs & Chatham House**
HJ Swedlund. 2013. “From donorship to ownership? Budget support and donor influence
in Rwanda and Tanzania.” Public Administration & Development. 33(5): 357-370. DOI:
HJ Swedlund. 2013. “The domestication of governance assessments: Evidence from the
Rwandan ‘joint’ governance assessment.” Conflict, Security & Development. 13(4): 449-
470. DOI: 10.1080/14678802.2013.834117
J Lecy, HP Schmitz, and HJ Swedlund. “Non-governmental and not-for-profit organizational
effectiveness: A modern synthesis.” 2012. Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary
and Nonprofit Organizations. 23(2): 434-457. DOI: 10.1007/s11266-011-9204-6
**Best article in journal (2012), International Society for Third-Sector Research**

Book Chapters & Roundtable Contributions

M Ferry and HJ Swedlund. forthcoming. “Emerging powers, governance and development.”
Elgar Handbook on Governance and Development, edited by Wil Hout and Jane Hutchi-
son. Edward Elgar Publishing.
HJ Swedlund. 2022. “Narratives and negotiations in foreign aid: How post-genocide Rwanda
uses narratives to influence perceptions of power.” Narratives & International Negotiation,
edited by Fen Osler Hampson and Amrita Narlikar. Routledge.
HJ Swedlund. 2021. H-Diplo Roundtable XXIII-13 on Benabdallah. Shaping the Future of
Power: Knowledge Production and Network-Building in China-Africa Relations.

C Loyle, A Smith and HJ Swedlund. 2019. “Fieldwork in ‘restrictive’ states: Contrasting
methodologies.” SAGE Research Methods Cases. DOI: 10.4135/9781526466631
HJ Swedlund. 2014. “Assessing the promises of budget support: Case study evidence from
Rwanda.” In Problems, Promises, and Paradoxes of Aid: Africa’s Experience. Editors,
Muna Ndulo and Nicolas van de Walle. Cambridge Scholars Publishing: 238-264.

Popular Press & Policy Reports

HJ Swedlund, R Malejacq and M. Lierl. 2021. “Foreign Aid Won’t Moderate the Taliban,”
Foreign Policy . October 27.
S Dietrich, H Hardt, and HJ Swedlund. 2021. “Elite experiments: Strengthening scholarship
while bridging the gap,” Duck of Minerva.
M Lierl and HJ Swedlund. 2021. “To understand the implications of different aid modalities,
we need to analyse the bargaining logic between donors and recipient governments”,
Development Policy Review (commentary).
ME Desrosiers and HJ Swedlund. 2020. “Aid giving to post-genocide Rwanda reflects larger
patterns with authoritarian states,” Africa at LSE. March 2.
M Ferry and HJ Swedlund. 2019. “Overview of the global presence and impact of emerging
donors,” Analysis and Policy Brief: European Expert Network on International Cooperation
and Development.
HJ Swedlund. 2017. “There’s another big reason U.S. foreign aid is important: It helps the
U.S. get what it wants.” The Washington Post. 19 July.
HJ Swedlund. 2017. “Foreign aid’s commitment problem.” The First Tranche, AidData’s Blog.
15 September.
HJ Swedlund. 2017. “Is China displacing traditional aid donors in Africa? The evidence
suggests not.” The Conversation. 27 February.
***Republished in: MSN Money, Quartz-Africa,, The Star (Kenya), China File,
Asia Times, The New Age (South Africa)
HJ Swedlund. 2015. “Why donors demand elections after unrest in developing countries.”
The Washington Post. 11 December.

2022 Knowledge Management Fund Principal Investigator
Knowledge Platform Security & Rule of Law

2022 Targeting Engagement Grant Co-Principal Investigator

Mobilizing Insights in Defence and Security Program, Government of Canada

2021 Faculty Excellence Scheme Principal Investigator

Nijmegen School of Management, Radboud University

2020 ANGIN: Anticipation Grant Co-Investigator

Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)

2019 Radboud-Glasgow Collaboration Fund Co-Principal Investigator
University of Glasgow & Radboud University

2019 Faculty Excellence Scheme Principal Investigator

Nijmegen School of Management, Radboud University

2012-15 Marie Curie Career Integration Grant Principal Investigator

CIG# 322228
Research Executive Agency, European Commission (FP7)

2012 Institute of Management Faculty Fieldwork Fund Award Principal Investigator

Radboud University Nijmegen

2011 Dissertation Completion Fellowship (declined)

Syracuse University

2009 Roscoe-Martin Research Grant

Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs

Teaching Experience
Graduate Supervision
• Master’s Theses Supervisor, 60+ Master’s Students in Political Science and Human Ge-
ography since 2011
• PhD Co-Supervisor, Nada Afa, International Responses to Unconstitutional Regime Change.
(Radboud University); PhD in progress.
• PhD Co-Supervisor, Maya Turolla, Youth in Agribusiness in Uganda: An Ethnography
of a Development Trend (Radboud University and University of Bologna); PhD granted
September 2019.
• PhD Co-Supervisor, Ludovico Alcorta, Exploring the ‘Dark Matter’ of Conflict: The Role
of Inequalities, Perceptions, Identity and Social Capital’ (Radboud University); PhD granted
December 2019.
Courses Taught at Radboud
• Political and Geographical Conflict Resolution (MA)
• Conflict, Aid and Development (MA)
• Preparing Your Master’s Thesis (MA)
• Conflicting Theories: Applying Theoretical Approaches of Conflicts (MA)
• Conflict and Governance in Africa (BA)
• Qualitative Methods (BA)
• Approaches to Peacebuilding (BA)

Teaching Certifications
2019 Advanced Teaching Qualification
Radboud University Nijmegen

2012 University Teaching Qualification

Radboud University Nijmegen

2011 Certificate in University Teaching

Syracuse University

Invited Talks & Presentations (Selected)

United States Institute of Peace
International Aid Partnerships in Fragile States
Bridging the Gap: New Voices in International Security
Washington DC, USA | May 2022
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kingdom of the Netherlands
Directorate for European Integration, International Cooperation Cluster
Virtual Strategic Session | December 2021
Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS)
New Delhi, India | Virtual Panel Discussion | October 2021
Departamento de Geografía, Universidad de Chile
Virtual Recorded Lecture | April 2021
Advanced Masters In International Development; Development Studies, Radboud University
Nijmegen, The Netherlands | March 2021; 2020; 2019
Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development, European Commission
Brussels, Belgium | October 2019
PIN Processes of International Negotiation, ``Narratives and Negotiations''
Hamburg, Germany | August 2019
Study Group on Strategic Issues, German Federal Foreign Office
Berlin, Germany | November 2018
United States Africa Command (AFRICOM), Navy FAO Skills Sustainment Program
Stuttgart, Germany | September 2018
SAIS Center for China-Africa Research, John Hopkins School of Advance International Study
Washington, DC | April 2018
Roundtable on The Development Dance, International Studies Association Annual Conference
San Francisco, California | April 2018
The German Development Institute (DIE/GDI)
Bonn, Germany | February 2018
Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MINBUZA), Kingdom of the Netherlands
The Hague, The Netherlands | December 2017
Beijing Forum, Sub-forum on Emerging Trends in Sino-African Development Cooperation
Beijing, China | November 2017
Yale Center Beijing
Beijing, China | November 2017
Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MINBUZA), Kingdom of the Netherlands
The Hague, The Netherlands | January 2016

Department of Political Science, Marquette University
Milwaukee, Wisconsin | November 2016
College of International Studies, Oklahoma University
Norman, Oklahoma | November 2016
Department of Political Science, University of California at Irvine
Irvine, California | November 2016
The German Development Institute (DIE)
Bonn, German | October 2016
The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA)
Agenda-Setting Workshop - ‘Timing of Elections’ Project
Accra, Ghana | October 2016
National Development Planning Commission, Republic of Ghana
Accra, Ghana | October 2015
Yale University, Yale Council on African Studies
New Haven, Connecticut | September 2015
Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs, United Republic of Tanzania
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania | March 2015
School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University
Washington, D.C. | January 2015
Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy, University of Albany
Albany, New York | December 2014
Clingendael Academy, Netherlands Institute for International Relations
Invited panel member, Development Aid in Afghanistan (for Junior Afghan Diplomats)
The Hague, The Netherlands | September 2014
Clingendael Academy, Netherlands Institute for International Relations
Invited lecturer, State-Building and International Engagement in Transitional Countries (for mem-
bers of the Nigerian National Assembly Service Commission)
The Hague, The Netherlands | August 2014
Department of Political Science, Marist College
Poughkeepsie, New York | April 2014
Department of Political Science and Transnational NGO Initiative, Syracuse University
Syracuse, New York | April 2014
University of Groningen, Clio Conference 2012: Changing Borders: Shifting Responsibilities?
Workshop facilitator, Instability in the Great Lakes
Groningen, The Netherlands | April 2012
University of Utrecht
Utrecht, The Netherlands | September 2011
University of Connecticut, Annual Conference on Democracy and Governance
Hartford, Connecticut | March 2011
Yale University, Yale Council on African Studies, Africa Brown Bag Series
New Haven, Connecticut | February 2011
SIT Study Abroad, Uganda/Rwanda: Peace and Conflict Studies in the Lake Victoria Basin
Kigali, Rwanda | July 2010
Cornell University, Institute for African Development
Ithaca, New York | April 2010

Syracuse University, Political Science Research Workshop
Syracuse, New York | September 2010
Rwandan Association of University Women
Kigali, Rwanda | October 2009

Presentations at International Conferences

• African Studies Association (ASA) Annual Conference: 2012
• American Political Science Association (APSA) Annual Conference: 2012, 2014, 2016
• European Association of Development Institutes (EADI): 2014
• European Conference on African Studies (ECAS): 2013
• European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR): 2018
• Canadian Association for the Study of International Development (CASID): 2019
• International Political Economy Society (IPES) Virtual Session: Fall 2016
• International Studies Association (ISA) Annual Conference: 2011, 2012, 2016, 2017,
2018, 2021, 2022
• Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) Annual Conference: 2010, 2014

Service & Professional Development

2019– Co-Coordinator, Global-Local Divides and Connections; Interdisciplinary Research
Nijmegen School of Management, Radboud University Nijmegen
Responsible for facilitating interdisciplinary research on topics related to peace,
conflict & development through the organization of events, distribution of seed
money, and development & supervision of interdisciplinary PhD projects on re-
lated themes.

2021– Editorial Board Member

International Studies Perspectives, Journal of International Development

2021– Board Member

De Nederlandse Kring voor de Wetenschap der Politiek (Dutch Political Science

2022 Independent Reviewer, Publish What You Fund

Invited Independent Expert for Review of the 2021 Aid Transparency Index

2021 Workshop Convener, The Changing Nature of Aid

organized with the Dignity Collective & the Research on International Policy Im-
plementation Lab (RIPIL)
Virtual Focus Group

2021 Workshop Convener, Foreign Aid Withdrawals & Suspensions: When, Why & and are
they Effective?
co-organized with Nic Cheeseman and Cleo O’Brien-Udry
Virtual Workshop

2018 Invited External Reviewer, 'Development Cooperation from a Partner Persepcetive'

DEval: Deutsches Evaluierungsinstitut der Entwicklungszusammenarbeit
Bonn, Germany

2017 Workshop Convener, Fieldwork in (Post-)Conflict Settings

co-organized with Romain Malejacq
Radboud University Nijmegen

2016 Workshop Convener, Rwanda: Development State and/or Donor Darling?

co-organized with Stephan Klingebiel and Marie-Eve Desrosiers
German Development Institute

2015-17 Co-Coordinator, Global-Local Divides and Connections; Research Hotspot

Nijmegen School of Management, Radboud University Nijmegen

2015-17 Research Coordinator, Centre for Conflict Analysis & Management

Radboud University Nijmegen

2014-16 Educational Committee, Department of Political Science

Radboud University Nijmegen

Ongoing Peer-Reviewer: Journal Articles

African Affairs, American Journal of Political Science, American Political Sci-
ence Review, Conflict Management and Peace Science, Comparative Political
Studies, European Journal of Development Studies, European Journal of Inter-
national Relations, International Studies Quarterly, International Studies Review,
Journal of Politics, Journal of International Business Policy, Journal of Interna-
tional Developmet, Journal of Institutional Economics, Review of International
Organizations, Review of Institutional Economics, World Development

Ongoing Peer-Reviewer: Other

Michigan University Press, Routledge, Royal Netherlands Academy of Sci-
ences, Connect with Wallonia – Come 2 Wallonia” (C2W) Programme; Marie
Skłodowska Curie COFUND action.

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