Professional and Biographical Information


IR Lab


Ph.D., The Ohio State University 
M.A., The Ohio State University 
Laurea Magistrale, Università degli Studi di Bologna, Forlì

Research Interests

I am working on a new book that explores when and why environmental destruction is more likely to occur during wars. My first book, Volatile States in International Relations (Oxford University Press, 2023), explores when and why countries behave in inconsistent toward each other. I have also published peer-reviewed research on civil wars, public diplomacy, vigilantism, climate change, and nuclear weapons.

I work with several research assistants during the semester through the IRLab @ Amherst College, which I direct. 

Teaching Interests

I teach classes on various aspects of international relations, ranging from broad introductory classes on the field to specialized upper-level seminars on war and the impact of modern weaponry. 

These classes leverage multiple learning techniques, with a special emphasis on experiential learning. I use, for example, role-playing, simulations, case studies, and debates, to complement more traditional lecture and debate formats. 


Eleonora Mattiacci, Volatile States in International Politics, Oxford University Press (2023).

Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications

How Foreign Information Campaigns Shape US Public Pronouncements About Civil Wars with Benjamin T. Jones, Journal of Peace Research 60.5 (2023): 839-852. 

Atomic Ambiguity: Event Data Evidence on Latency and Cooperation” with Rupal N. Mehta and Rachel Elizabeth Whitlark, Journal of Conflict Resolution, 66.2 (2022):27--96 

How Issue Salience Shapes Global Policy Choices,” Global Studies Quarterly, 1.3 (2021): 1--12.

Restoring Legitimacy: Public Diplomacy Campaigns in Civil Wars” with Benjamin T. Jones, International Studies Quarterly, 64.4 (2020): 739–61.

A Manifesto, in 140 Characters or Fewer: Social Media as a Tool of Rebel Diplomacy in the Libyan Civil War” with Benjamin T. Jones, British Journal of Political Science, 49.2 (2019): 739–761.

Keeping Vigil: The Emergence of Vigilance Committees in Pre-Civil War America” with Jonathan M. Obert, Perspectives on Politics, 16.3 (2018): 600–616.

Food Scarcity and State Vulnerability: Unpacking the Link Between Climate Variability and Violent Unrest” with Bear F. Braumoeller and Benjamin T. Jones, Journal of Peace Research, 54.3 (2017): 335–350.

(Nuclear) Change of Plans: What Explains Nuclear Reversals?” with Benjamin T. Jones, International Interactions, 42.3 (2016): 530–585.