Focusing his research on the protection of civilians in conflict zones, Seybolt seeks to understand the process of violence that can lead to mass killings in order to identify possible ways to prevent those atrocities. Before coming to Pitt, he worked for the U.S. Peace Institute and established grant-making programs in Nigeria and Sudan. Today, he continues to be involved in efforts to build governmental capacity to prevent and respond to mass atrocities.


Teaching and Research Areas

Seybolt’s research focuses on these key areas:

  • Genocide
  • Causes of violent conflict
  • Human security
  • Peacekeeping
  • Military Intervention
  • Humanitarian aid
  • Protection of civilians


Select Publications and Funded Research

  • Preventing Genocide and Mass Killing: A Criminological Approach. Under contract with Routledge Press.
  • Humanitarian Military Intervention: The Conditions for Success and Failure. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007. Paperback edition, 2008. 
  • Coordination in Rwanda: The Humanitarian Response to Genocide and Civil War. Conflict Management Group Working Paper, Cambridge, 1997.


Awards and Honors

  • American Political Science Association and Pi Sigma Alpha Outstanding Teaching in Political Science, 2010.
  • Donald M. Goldstein Teacher of the Year, GSPIA, University of Pittsburgh. 2008 – 2009.


Consultancies and Public Service

  • Genocide Prevention Task Force, Expert Group on Military Intervention, 2007-2008.
  • Senior Program Officer, United States Institute of Peace, Washington, DC, 2002-2008.
  • Project Leader, Conflits and Peace Enforcement Project, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), Stockholm, Sweden, 1999-2002.