Taylor Seybolt

Associate Professor

Taylor B. Seybolt is an Associate Professor of International Affairs and Director of the Ford Institute for Human Security at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh. His research is focused on humanitarian intervention, the protection of civilians in conflict zones, and the causes and prevention of mass atrocities. He is the author of Humanitarian Military Intervention: the Conditions for Success and Failure (Oxford, 2007), co-editor of Counting Civilian Casualties: an Introduction to Recording and Estimating Nonmilitary Deaths in Conflict (Oxford, 2013) and co-editor of Sustainable Development and Human Security in Africa: Governance as the Missing Link (Taylor and Francis). He has published articles, monographs and book chapters on humanitarian intervention, the responsibility to protect, network coordination, the Arab spring, and major armed conflicts. Seybolt has delivered lectures and training programs five continents, from Auschwitz, Poland to Medellin, Columbia. From 2002 to 2008, Seybolt worked in Washington, DC, as a Senior Program Officer at the United States Institute of Peace, where he established grant-making programs in Nigeria and Sudan. He served on the Genocide Prevention Task Force, co-chaired by Madeleine Albright and William Cohen. He has taught at the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies and in the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University. From 1999 to 2002, he was Leader of the Conflicts and Peace Enforcement Project at SIPRI in Stockholm, Sweden. He held Pre-doctoral and Post-doctoral Fellowships at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Seybolt earned his Ph.D. in political science from MIT.

Courses Taught

  • Human Security
  • Civil War and Conflict Resolution
  • Humanitarian Intervention
  • Causes of Genocide 

    Education & Training

  • PhD. Political Science, MIT, 1999
  • BA Sociology, Haverford College, 1984
Recent Publications
  • Urban Violence, Resilience and Security: Governance Responses in the Global South. Michael Glass, Taylor Seybolt and Phil Williams, eds. (North Hampton, MA: Edward Elgar Publishers, in press, forthcoming January 2022).
  • Preventing Genocide and Mass Killing: A Criminological Approach. Under contract with Routledge Press.
  • Humanitarian Military Intervention: The Conditions for Success and Failure. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007. Paperback edition, 2008. 
  • Coordination in Rwanda: The Humanitarian Response to Genocide and Civil War. Conflict Management Group Working Paper, Cambridge, 1997.
Research Interests
  • Genocide
  • Causes of violent conflict
  • Human security
  • Peacekeeping
  • Military Intervention
  • Humanitarian aid
  • Protection of civilians