Erin Kimball Damman
Area of Expertise
International Relations, Comparative Politics, African Politics, and Research Design and Qualitative Methods
PhD, Northwestern University
MA, University of Natal, Durban
BA, Macalester College
Dr. Damman received her Ph.D. from Northwestern University in Political Science, an M.A. from the University of Natal-Durban in Politics, Philosophy and Economics, and her B.A. from Macalester College in International Studies. Her research areas cross the boundary between Comparative Politics and International Relations, and include African political development and security studies, collective action and regional integration in Africa, and qualitative and mixed-method research techniques.
Dr. Damman’s dissertation, Peacekeeping for Approval: The Rise of African-led Interventions, explores the institutional transformation of African regional bodies beginning in the 1990s that culminated in the African Union’s formal codification of the use of armed intervention in member states’ humanitarian crises. Her study finds that it is the potential for private payoffs – usually in the form of increased political capital and military funding – that motivate African countries to cooperate in generating these multilateral missions rather than an increasing concern for humanitarianism. A mixed-method analysis, combining a large statistical study and four in-depth case studies, Dr. Damman’s dissertation showcases a new form of extraversion arising on the African continent that has both positive and negative consequences. In looking to better relationships with Western countries and gain military aid, African leaders’ acceptance of intervention facilitates responding to human suffering on the African continent, but, at the same time, impedes democratization and other liberalizing processes within troop-contributing countries.
Currently, Dr. Damman is working on an article that looks specifically at Rwanda’s regional peacekeeping behavior and the effects it has had upon the political development of the state. She is also finishing a piece (with Kendra Koivu) on qualitative methodology that examines an underspecified cause known as a sufficient but unnecessary part of an insufficient but necessary cause (SUIN).
Dr. Damman’s teaching interests include Comparative Politics, International Relations, African Politics, International Human Rights, and Research Methods and Design. Before coming to FIU, Dr. Damman taught at Washington State University.