Department of Political Studies

Department of Political Studies
Department of Political Studies

Samantha Twietmeyer

B.A. (Honours), International Studies, Minor, Political Science (University of Saskatchewan), M.A. (Distinction), Peace and Conflict Studies (University of Ulster)

Samantha's Email 
Department of Political Studies
Mackintosh-Corry Hall
Room C311
Supervisor: J. McGarry



Research Interests

Conflict resolution mediation and conflict management in divided societies; international intervention and peacebuilding; institutional state building; political sectarianism; nationalism; politics of language; ethnic cleansing and genocide; power sharing and federalism; the Northern Ireland Peace Process; interventions in Cyprus, Afghanistan and Iraq

Brief Bio

Samantha's research focuses on the role of external interveners and third-parties in conflict settlement processes within diverse and divided societies. Her MA work focused on the failure of external intervention to produce legitimate institutions in Afghanistan (“International Agendas and the Legitimacy of the Liberal Peace: Statebuilding in Fragile Societies, Afghanistan and Somaliland”). She is currently an RA for the The Politics of Complex Diversity in Contested Cities project, working on the city of Belfast, Northern Ireland and is a visiting researcher at the Centre for the Study of Ethnic Conflict, Queen's University, Belfast.

Samantha has completed various training courses in international conflict management and peacebuilding processes. She spent four years working in provincial politics in Saskatchewan before returning to academia to complete her PhD.


Pols 406: Comparative Politics: Questions and Challenges (Winter 2018, TF)
Pols 264: World Politics in Historical Perspective (Winter 2017, 2018, TA)
"Indigenous Politics: An Exploration of Canada’s First Peoples," Queen’s University Political Studies Summer Institute (Summer 2016, Lecturer)
Pols 243: Comparative Politics: State, Nation, and Democracy (Fall 2014, 2016, TA)
Pols 244: Democracy and Democratization (Winter, 2015, TA)
Pols 110: Introduction to Politics & Government (Fall/Winter, 2015/2016, TA)

Awards and Accomplishments

2017/2018      James M Flaherty Research Scholarship - Ireland Canada University Foundation (ICUF)
2017/2018      R.S. McLaughlin Fellowship
2016/2017      Timothy C.S. Franks Travel Scholarship
2016/2017      Department of Political Studies Field Research Award
2016/2017      Morgan Brown Graduate Scholarship for Academic Achievement
2015/2016      Morgan Brown Graduate Scholarship for Academic Achievement
2009/2010      University of Ulster Academic Entrance Scholarship


2018. "Jenne, Erin K. (2015) Nested Security: Lessons in Conflict Management from the League of Nations and the European Union. Ithaca: Cornell University Press." Intersections: East European Journal of Society and Politics, 3(4).

2017. "Challenges to Conceptualizing Security in a Context of Change, Governance, and Globalization: A structural analysis of arguments presented in the Internal and External Borders and Security panel." In Perspectives on The Politics of Borders and Belonging, edited by Marin Ingalise Beck, Bailey Gerrits, Alexandra Liebich, and Rebecca Wallace, 47-56. Kingston, Canada: Centre for International and Defence Policy, Queen's University. Martello Paper Series. 

Conference Presentations

2017. "Balancing Third-Party Guarantors in Conflict Settlement Processes" Political Studies Association of Ireland Annual Conference, Dublin. October 13-15, 2017.

2017. "Third Parties and the Institutionalisation of Political Settlements: Implications from the "Brexit" Experience in Northern Ireland" Democratization and Constitutional Design in Divided Societies Colloquium of the International Political Science Association. University of Cyprus, Nicosia. June 24-27, 2017.

2017. “Climate Change as an Emerging Hurdle for Externally Incentivised Conflict Settlements” Understanding Change in World Politics, International Studies Association 58th Annual Convention, Baltimore. February 22-25.

2016. “Third Party Influence in Conflict Settlement Processes” Ethnic Conflict and Territorial Control Workshop, The Laboratory of Ethnic Conflict Research, Queen’s University. November 17-18.

2016. “Addressing the legitimacy dilemma in intervention: A relational approach to perceptions of legitimacy in multilateral interventions” Problems Abroad? Revisiting the Intervention Trap in an Era of Global Uncertainty, Carleton University, October 6-7.

2016. “Competing Interpretations of Identity and Legitimacy: Intervention and Conflict Resolution in Northern Ireland and Cyprus” The Politics of Borders and Belonging at Home and Abroad, Queen’s University. May 6.

2016. "Analyzing the 'Local Turn' in Peacebuilding Literature: New Paths or Old Debates?" Intersections/Cross-Sections, York University. March 11-12.

2015. “The Evolution of Difference in the Kurdish Identity: An Analysis of State-Based and Counter-State Nationalism in Turkey & Iraq” Politics in Fragmented Polities: Cohesion, Recognition, Redistribution and Secession, International Summer Research Institute, (EURAC) Bolzano, Italy. June 24.