is associate professor of political science at the Université de Montréal since June 2001. Her research areas include conflict resolution, civil wars, peacekeeping and post-conflict reconstruction. She is a specialist of militia politics and war economies.
A graduate of McGill University where she obtained a Ph.D. in political science (with distinction), Dr. Zahar has held a post-doctoral fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada at the Munk Centre for International Studies at the University of Toronto. Her dissertation "Fanatics, Mercenaries, Brigands and Politicians: Militia Decision-making and Conflict Resolution" was shortlisted for the Vincent Lemieux dissertation prize of the Canadian Political Science Association and won the Prix d'excellence de l'Académie des Grands Montréalais.
Zahar was also a Hamburg pre-doctoral fellow and a MacArthur pre/post-doctoral fellow at the Centre for International Security and Cooperation (Stanford University) between 1998 and 2000. She has worked as consultant for the United Nations' Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs at New York in 1999 and has served as associate faculty with the Pearson Peacekeeping Centre in Canada since 2003. She is currently a member of the executive board of the Canadian Consortium on Human Security.
A United States Institute for Peace grantee, Zahar is wrapping up an edited volume on Foreign Intervention and State-(Re)building in Bosnia and Lebanon. She has published numerous chapters in edited collections as well as a number of articles in academic journals such as International Peacekeeping and the International Journal.