About the School
- School of Peace Studies
- PhD, International Economic Development, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- MCP, International Development, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- MS, Geography, University of New Mexico
- BA, Swarthmore College
Topher McDougal is Assistant Professor in Economic Development & Peacebuilding at the Kroc School of Peace Studies at the University of San Diego. He is also Associate Editor of the Journal of Peacebuilding & Development, Research Affiliate at the Centre on Conflict, Development, & Peacebuilding (CCDP) at the Graduate Institute for International & Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland ; and a Principal of the newly-formed Small Arms Data Observatory (SADO). His research focuses broadly on the microeconomic causes and consequences of armed violence, including rural-urban trade patterns in conflict-affected societies; illicit trades, especially in small arms; and urban violence.
Topher teaches the Kroc School courses "Development & Conflict," "Sustainable Development," "Foundations of Peace & Justice Studies," "Sustainable Development," and "Research Methodology for Peace Studies & Practice." Topher also serves as Kroc School representative at USD's Center for Peace & Commerce (CPC), a joint venture of KSPS and the School of Business Administration.
An economic geographer by training, Topher has consulted for various organizations including the World Bank, Humanitarian Policy & Conflict Research (HPCR) International, and the International Rescue Committee (IRC), on private sector development, urban economics, and public finance in postwar and developing countries. He has conducted field work in Liberia and Sierra Leone, and along India's Red Corridor, where the Maoist insurgency is based, which led to his doctoral dissertation, "The Political Economy of Rural-Urban Conflict: Lessons from West Africa and India."
Topher has a PhD in International Economic Development from MIT's International Development Group. Topher also has a Master of International Development, also from MIT/IDG, an MS in Geography from the University of New Mexico, and a BA in Philosophy from Swarthmore College. He has a graduate certificate in Humanitarian Studies from the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative.
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McDougal, Topher L., “‘The Trilemma of Addressing Economic Violence at War’s End.” In Justice and Economic Violence in Transition, Sharp. Dustin, ed. New York: Springer Press, 2014.
McDougal, Topher L, “Stability and the Economy: Cooperative Game Theoretic Implications for Economic Policy in a Dual-Sector Economy.” Stability: International Journal of Security and Development, 2(2):41, 2013, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5334/sta.ca. Available at: http://www.stabilityjournal.org/article/view/130.
McDougal, Topher L., David A. Shirk, Robert Muggah, and John H. Patterson, “The Way of the Gun: Estimating Firearms Traffic Across the U.S.-Mexico Border,” San Diego, CA / Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Trans-Border Institute / Igarapé Institute, 2013. Available at: http://catcher.sandiego.edu/items/peacestudies/way_of_the_gun.pdf
- Op-ed: McDougal, Topher L., Robert Muggah, David Shirk, and John Patterson, “Made in the U.S.A.: The Role of American Guns in Mexican Violence,” The Atlantic, 18 March, 2013. Available at: http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2013/03/made-in-the-usa-the-role-of-american-guns-in-mexican-violence/274103/
- Op-ed: McDougal, Topher L. and Robert Muggah, “El problema de las armas en México: fabricado en Estados Unidos,” Huffington Post, 17 March, 2013. Available at : http://www.huffingtonpost.es/topher-mcdougal/armas-en-mexico_b_2884105.html
McDougal, Topher L. and Raul Caruso, “War and Post-War Collective Action: The Case of Agricultural Concessions in Mozambique.” Working Paper, Network of European Peace Scientists, January, 2013. Available at: http://www.europeanpeacescientists.org/working.html
McDougal, Topher L. and Neil T. Ferguson, “Land Inequality and Conflict Onset: Cooperative Game Theoretic Implications for Economic Policy.” Post-2015 Global Thematic Consultation on Inequalities, UN Women/ UNICEF, 2012. Available at: http://www.worldwewant2015.org/node/283321
McDougal, Topher L. and Raul Caruso, “Wartime Violence and Post-Conflict Political Mobilization in Mozambique.” Peace Economics, Peace Science and Public Policy, 18(3), 2012. Available at: http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/peps.2012.18.issue-3/peps-2012-0013/peps-2012-0013.xml?format=INT
McDougal, Topher L., “Law of the Landless: The Dalit Bid for Land Redistribution in Gujarat, India.” Law & Development Review 4(1), Article 4, 2011. Available at: http://www.bepress.com/ldr/vol4/iss1/art4/
McDougal, Topher L., “Insurgent Violence and the Rural Urban Divide: The Case of Maoist India.” In Ethnic Conflict, Civil War and the Cost of Conflict. Caruso, Raul, ed. Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing, 2011, pp.69-98.
McDougal, Topher L., “Production and Predation in a Core-Periphery Model: A Note.” Peace Economics, Peace Science and Public Policy, 17(1), Article 2, 2011.
McDougal, Topher L., “How Production Firms Adapt to Civil War: The Case of Liberia,” WIDER Working Paper 2010/69, United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER), 2010.
McDougal, Topher L., “How Production Firms Adapt to War,” Economists for Peace and Security Quarterly 21(2), 2009: 1, 12-14.
McDougal, Topher L., “The Liberian State of Emergency: What do Civil War and State-Led Industrialization Have in Common?” Journal of Peace Economics, Peace Science, and Public Policy 14(3), 2009.
Lidow, Nicholai and Topher L. McDougal, “Violent Conflict in Town and Country,” MIT International Review, 17 February, 2009.
McDougal, Topher L., “Change How We Trade with Postwar Countries,” in Advice to President Obama, Cambridge, MA: MIT Center for International Studies, 2008.
McDougal, Topher L., “Development During Crisis: Promoting Asset-Building in Protracted Refugee Situations,” MIT International Review, Spring, 2007: 20-31.
Assistant Professor of Economic Development & Peacebuilding
Phone | (619) 260-7927
Office | KIPJ 275
Wednesdays: 9:30-12; 1-3:30