Jessica Steinberg

Jessica Steinberg is Assistant Professor in the International Studies Department at Indiana University.  Her research focuses on the political economy of development, local politics of natural resource extraction, territorial sovereignty, and violent conflict.  Her book, Mines, Communities, and States: The Local Politics of Natural Resource Extraction in Africa (Cambridge University Press, 2019) investigates the strategic interaction between international mining firms, states, and local communities to understand different governance outcomes in regions of natural resource extraction. She has also written on the geography of repression, uneven governance, and corporate social responsibility. Currently, she is studying behavioral spillovers in common property management regimes and, separately, the use of technology in state repression.  She employs a mixed methods approach, including game theory, comparative case analysis, and statistical methods, and she has conducted fieldwork in Congo-Brazzaville, Zambia, DRC, Senegal, and Mozambique.