Jayme R. Schlesinger
Jayme R. Schlesinger is an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Political Science. Her research focuses on questions relating to decision-making and effectiveness in terrorism and counterterrorism campaigns. Her broader research explores the role of public opinion in shaping security policy, both as it applies to contexts of counterterrorism engagement and traditional conflict processes, as well as intergroup dynamics in shaping the outcomes of conflict. She is currently working on a book project stemming from her dissertation titled Does Provocation Work? Lessons Learned from the Success and Failure of Counterterrorism in Democracies,which explores the effects of terrorist provocation on the public audience to evaluate the utility of a provocation strategy in democratic settings. Professor Schlesinger has also developed an original data project recording democratic responses to terrorism in Western Europe titled the Terrorism Events Immediate Response Data (TEIRD) dataset. She has been published in the European Journal of International Security and Terrorism and Political Violence.
Professor Schlesinger recently completed her doctoral program in political science at Rutgers University focused on international relations and political theory. From 2020-2021, she held a research fellowship in the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis "Life and Death" Project and was recently awarded a University and Louis Bevier Fellowship at Rutgers University. She has taught additional courses on counterterrorism and democracy, introduction to Western political thought, and research methods in political science.