Irina A. Chindea, PhD

Visiting Assistant Professor
Specialization: International Relations
Department of Political Science

121A Milne Hall

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About Professor Chindea

Irina A. Chindea is a Visiting Assistant Professor of International Relations in the department of Political Science, and a research fellow in the International Security Program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University. Her book manuscript explains the alliance behavior of criminal organizations, with a focus on crime groups active in the Western Hemisphere. Irina conducted extensive field research on the U.S.–Mexico border, in Colombia, El Salvador, Canada, and in gang-infested areas of Los Angeles. At the intersection of International Relations and Comparative Politics, Irina's teaching and research interests include irregular warfare, cooperation and conflict among non-state armed groups, informal governance structures, U.S. foreign policy, and alliance politics, with a regional focus on Latin America, Middle East and Europe. Her research was supported, among others, by the Bradley Foundation and the Smith Richardson Foundation. Irina has a Ph.D. in International Relations and a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School at Tufts University. Prior to her graduate studies, Irina earned a BSc in Business Administration from the Academy of Economics in Bucharest, Romania, and worked as a senior analyst for the investment-arm of Raiffeisen Bank and for the Financial Advisory Services unit of KPMG Romania.