School of Peace Studies

Phone: (619) 260-7919
Fax: (619) 849-8109

Location: KIPJ Room 113
Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110

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About the Kroc School

Necla Tschirgi

Professor of Practice, Human Security and Peacebuilding
Advisor, Peace & Justice Minor

  • BA Political Science, American University of Beirut
  • MA Political Science, American University of Beirut
  • Ph.D. Political Economy, University of Toronto

In September 2010, Necla Tschirgi joined the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies at the University of San Diego as Professor of Practice, Human Security and Peacebuilding.

A native of Turkey, Dr. Tschirgi received her BA and MA in political science at the American University of Beirut and her Ph.D. in political economy at the University of Toronto.   Her extensive international career has spanned research, policy analysis, teaching, research management and grant making.  In the last fifteen years, she has increasingly specialized in conflict prevention and peacebuilding—focusing on the nexus between security and development. 

From January 2007 to March 2009, Dr. Tschirgi served as an in-house consultant/Senior Policy Advisor with the Peacebuilding Support Office at the United Nations Secretariat in New York.   Previously she was the Vice President of the International Peace Academy (IPA) from 2001-2005 where she also led IPA’s Security-Development Nexus research program.  Prior to moving to New York to join IPA, she helped establish and led the Peacebuilding and Reconstruction Program at the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) in Ottawa from 1997 to 2001.  

Recent publications include:

Rebuilding War-torn Societies, in Conflict Management and Global Governance in an Age of Awakening, edited by Chester Crocker, Pamela Aall and Fen Hampson (USIP, 2014).

Securitization and Peacebuilding, in Routledge Handbook on Peacebuilding, edited by Roger Mac Ginty (Routledge, 2012).

Security and Development:  Searching for Critical Connections, edited with Michael S. Lund and Francesco Mancini (Lynne Rienner Publications, 2010)

The Security-Politics-Development Nexus:  The Lessons of State-building in Sub-Saharan Africa (EU Working Paper, European University Institute, 2010)

The UN's Peacebuilding Commission:  Escaping Path Dependency (Working Paper prepared for the Centre for International Policy Studies and NUPI, 2010)

Strategic Policy Frameworks and Peacebuilding in PBC and non-PBC countries:  Emerging Lessons, with Erin McCandless, Journal of Peacebuilding and Development, Vol 5:2 (2010)



Contact Information

Necla Tschirgi

Email |
Phone | (619) 260-7912
Office | KIPJ 125

Office Hours

Tuesdays 4:00-5:30

Wednesdays 4:00-6:00 pm

Thursday 4:00-5:30 pm

*Students may also make an appointment