Jennifer De Maio's research interests fall into three broad areas: 1) Human Security and Public Health Policy in the African Diaspora; 2) Civil Wars and International Relations of Africa; and 3) Politics of Cultural Pluralism and Economic Development. The common thread that links her work is an interest in social change. Her first book Confronting Ethnic Conflict: The Role of Third Parties in Managing Africa's Civil Wars was published in 2009. She has also published and presented papers on ethnic politics, civil wars and conflict management in Africa, including a recent article on the problem of exclusivity in peace processes which appeared in the journal "Civil Wars," a chapter on the role of youth people in African Politics in the book "Civic Youth Work," an article on the transnationalization of conflict in Darfur for African Studies Quarterly, and a piece on preventive diplomacy published in "World Affairs." In the field of public health, her work considers the health implications of sex trafficking of Nigerian women to the United States and Italy and the question of inequalities in the treatment of STDs and HIV/AIDS for African women living in the US. She is also engaged in research that considers the political economy of spatial design in contested cities as well as the role of social media in political and social transformations in Africa. She teaches courses on International Relations and Comparative Politics in subSaharan Africa. Dr. De Maio is advisor for the department's Model United Nations program and is a member of the African Studies Interdisciplinary Program which offers a minor in African Studies..