John McCauley is an Associate Professor of Government and Politics and the Director of the minor program in International Development and Conflict Management (IDCM). He is also a Research Affiliate at the Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) and in the Center for International Development and Conflict Management (CIDCM). His research focuses on ethnic and religious conflict, terrorism, and the political economy of development in Africa. He has conducted research in Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Madagascar, Niger, and Nigeria.  He is the author of The Logic of Ethnic and Religious Conflict in Africa (2017, Cambridge University Press).

Dr. McCauley received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles. He has a B.A. in Economics from the College of William & Mary and an M.A. in International Relations from Yale University. Prior to joining the faculty at Maryland, he was a post-doctoral research fellow in the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Dr. McCauley teaches courses on International Development and Conflict Management, the Political Economy of Development, African Politics, Field Research Methods, and Religion and Politics around the World.  He is the 2023 winner of the Excellence in Teaching award from the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences. 



Areas of Interest

  • Comparative Politics, Ethnic and Religious Conflict, Terrorism, Political Economy of Development, Research Design and Causal Inference.


  • Degree Type
    Degree Details
    University of California, Los Angeles, Political Science
  • Degree Type
    Degree Details
    Yale University, International Relations
  • Degree Type
    Degree Details
    College of William & Mary, Economics
Course Name Course Title Semester Syllabus
GVPT354 International Development and Conflict Management Fall 2022 Syllabus
GVPT484 Government and Politics of Africa Spring 2022 Syllabus
GVPT210 Religions, Beliefs, and World Affairs Spring 2022 Syllabus
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