Office: PLS 310
Education: Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania; B.A., University of Southern California
Areas of Specialization: International Security; International Political Economy; Political Economy of National Security; War Finance; Organizational Theory; Bureaucratic Capacity; Qualitative Research Methods
Rosella Cappella is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Boston University. Her research interests lie at the intersection of political economy and national security. She is interested in explaining how domestic economic pressures shape national security decisions and how the financing of national security regimes redistributes wealth within a domestic economy.
She is currently in the process of completing her book manuscript entitled The Political Economy of War Finance, which provides a framework to explain how states have financed interstate wars from 1800 to the present. Her other projects investigate the role of inflation and war from the onset of the conflict through its duration as well as the causes and consequences of inflation in counterinsurgency warfare.
Rosella has a Ph.D. and Master’s degree in political science from the University of Pennsylvania and two BA’s with honors from the University of Southern California, one in International Relations and the other in Economics. She is currently on leave as a research fellow at the Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth College.