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Jennifer Spindel

Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of New Hampshire

I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of New Hampshire.

I received my PhD in Political Science from the University of Minnesota, where I held a Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship. I was previously a fellow at the Institute for Security and Conflict Studies in the Elliot School of International Affairs at George Washington University, and held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth College.

My research interests include international security, foreign policy, and coercion. My current book project examines the foreign policy consequences of conventional arms transfers, and argues that arms transfers are a form of political signaling. The project draws on extensive archival research and fieldwork at international weapons shows.


  • 2020–present
    Assistant Professor, University of New Hampshire


  • 2018 
    University of Minnesota, Ph.D., Political Science
  • 2011 
    Colgate University, B.A., Peace and Conflict Studies


  • 2020
    When OK is Not OK: Public Concern About White Nationalism in the U.S. Military, Armed Forces & Society
  • 2020
    A Call to Arms for Climate Change? How Military Service Member Concern About Climate Change Can Inform Effective Climate Communication, Environmental Communication

Grants and Contracts

  • 2019
    Research fellow
    Funding Source:
  • 2017
    Funding Source:
    George Washington University
  • 2016
    Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship
    Funding Source:
    University of Minnesota