Associate Professor of Political Science; Director of Graduate Studies

Areas of Specialization: International Security; International Political Economy; Political Economy of National Security; War Finance; Organizational Theory; Bureaucratic Capacity; Qualitative Research Methods

Rosella Cappella Zielinski is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Boston University specializing in the study of political economy of security. Her book How States Pay for Wars (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2016) won the 2017 American Political Science Association Robert L. Jervis and Paul W. Schroeder Best Book Award in International History and Politics. Her other works can be found in Conflict Management and Peace ScienceEuropean Journal of International Relations, Journal of Global Security Studies, Journal of Peace Research, and Security Studies, as well as Foreign Affairs, Texas National Security Review, and War on the Rocks. She is also affiliated with the Costs of War Project.

In addition to her academic research, she is committed to promoting the study of political economy of national security. Cappella Zielinski is the founder and Co-Director of Boston University’s Project for the Political Economy of Security. Join their mailing list here!

Cappella Zielinski teaches classes in International Relations, emphasizing national security. Her courses explore the politics of paying for defense, international conflict, nuclear security (with support from The Stanton Foundation), the relationship between war and society, and a variety of other issues in the field of International Relations.

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