Janet I. Lewis


I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. My research and teaching focuses on world politics, conflict, development, and state formation, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa. I completed my Ph.D. at Harvard University in 2012.

My current book project examines the initial stages of rebel group formation, including why only some nascent groups become viable challengers to central governments. It focuses on Ugandan rebel groups and involved extensive fieldwork throughout Uganda, including border regions with DRC, Kenya, and South Sudan. The project has been supported by the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, the National Science Foundation (NSF), the U.S. Institute of Peace, the Smith Richardson Foundation, the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, and Harvard's Committee on African Studies.

I have previously held academic fellowships at Harvard`s Department of Government and Yale`s Program on Order, Conflict and Violence (OCV).  I have also conducted research on U.S. stability operations, fragile states, and terrorist financing, respectively, for the RAND Corporation, the Brookings Institution, and the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), Prior to that, I worked for several summers with youth leaders from the Middle East and Balkans at a conflict resolution program called Seeds of Peace.

In addition to my Ph.D. and M.A. in Government from Harvard University, I earned a M.A. in International Policy Studies and a B.A. with Honors in Political Science from Stanford University. I live in Washington, DC.