Jen Spindel

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Political Science
1414 Social Science Building

267 19th Ave S


I am a Ph.D. Candidate (ABD) in the Department of Political Science at the University of Minnesota. My primary field is International Relations and I am broadly interested in foreign policy, grand strategy, and international security. For the 2017-2018 Academic Year I am a pre-doctoral fellow at the Institute for Security and Conflict Studies at George Washington University. My dissertation examines the foreign policy consequences of conventional weapons transfers, and argues that arms transfers send political signals. The project is based on a hand-coded dataset of weapons transfers, archival research, and fieldwork at international weapons shows. I conducted archival research in the US National Archives and the US Presidential Library system, where I accessed hundreds of previously unused documents using Freedom of Information Act requests. My research has been supported by the Lyndon B. Johnson Foundation, the APSA Political Networks Section, the Minnesota Department of Political Science, the Mixed Methods Interdisciplinary Graduate Group, and the Larson Fellowship in Political Economy. In addition to my substantive research, I am interested in teaching courses on research methods and on network analysis. I have previous research experience in Sarajavo, Bosnia-Herzegovina and with Mines Action Canada in Ottawa, Canada. I completed my Bachelor's degree in Peace and Conflict Studies at Colgate University, with a thesis on the United Kingdom's sanctioning of torture during the War on Terror.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • M.A.: Political Science, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 2015.
  • B.A.: Peace and Conflict Studies, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY.

Curriculum Vitae


  • International Security
  • Arms Trade
  • Network Analysis
  • Foreign Policy
Courses Taught
  • Instructor, POL 3835: Theories of International Relations, Summer 2017
  • Teaching Assistant, POL 4885W/5885, International Conflict & Security
  • Teaching Assistant, POL 4810, Technology and War
  • Teaching Assistant, POL 3835, International Relations Theories
  • Teaching Assistant, POL 1025, Global Politics
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Steering Committee, Minnesota Political Methodology Colloquium: 2015 - 2016
  • Chair, Minnesota International Relations Steering Committee: 2013 - 2015
  • Reviewer: Foreign Policy Analysis , 2016 - present
  • Spindel, Jennifer (2012) "Torture, Truth and Intelligence: The United Kingdom’s War on Terror," Colgate Academic Review: Vol. 9, Article 3.
  • Robert T. Holt Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, University of Minnesota, 2016 - 2017
  • Moody Research Grant, Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library, 2017
  • Thesis Research Travel Grant, Graduate School, University of Minnesota, June 2016
  • Mixed Methods Interdisciplinary Graduate Group Scholarship , 2015 - 2016