Taylor B. Seybolt is an Associate Professor of International Affairs at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh. He was appointed Director of the Ford Institute for Human Security, 2009-2011, and reappointed in 2015. His research interests include the protection of civilians in conflict zones and the causes and prevention of genocidal violence. He is the author of Humanitarian Military Intervention: the Conditions for Success and Failure (Oxford, 2007) and co-editor of Counting Civilian Casualties: an Introduction to Recording and Estimating Nonmilitary Deaths in Conflict (Oxford, 2013). Seybolt served as an advisor to the Genocide Prevention Task Force, co-chaired by Madeleine Albright and William Cohen, whose report Preventing Genocide has led to institutional changes in the U.S. government. From 2002 to 2008, he was a Senior Program Officer at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, DC, where he established grant-making programs in Nigeria and Sudan. While in Washington, he taught at the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies and at the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University. He was Leader of the Conflicts and Peace Enforcement Project at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) in Sweden, from 1999 to 2002, before which he was both a Pre-doctoral and Post-doctoral Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He received his Ph.D. in political science from MIT.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
human security, military intervention, humanitarian affairs, civil war, genocide, civilian casualties