Andrew G. Reiter

Associate Professor of Politics and International Relations; Chair of Politics
Specialization: 
Transitional Justice, Political Violence, Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding, International Law, International Security, Latin American Politics

Reiter's research agenda is centered on understanding the effectiveness of policies that reduce violence. These include policies that aim to secure peace where violence is already occurring, as well as those intended to deter or prevent future violence.

Reiter's most recent book Fighting Over Peace: Spoilers, Peace Agreements, and the Strategic Use of Violence (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), explains why some civil war peace agreements are implemented rather peacefully while others come under attack from a variety of violent actors. Furthermore, it shows why these attempts at "spoiling" peace prove successful following some agreements and not others. In examining the conditions under which spoilers arise, and their ultimate impact on peace processes, he uses an original dataset of spoiling following over 300 civil war peace agreements in the post-Cold War era.

Reiter is also a co-founder of the Transitional Justice Data Base Project and a collaborator on the Transitional Justice Research Collaborative, both of which have produced comprehensive, global datasets of trials, truth commissions, amnesties, reparations, and lustration programs used by states over the past four decades to engage past human rights violations. The projects have received funding from a number of sources, including the National Science Foundation, the United States Institute of Peace, and the Smith Richardson Foundation. Stemming from these projects, Reiter is a co-author of a book Transitional Justice in Balance: Comparing Processes, Weighing Efficacy (United States Institute of Peace Press, 2010), as well as numerous articles and book chapters in such venues as Human Rights Quarterly, International Studies Review, and Journal of Peace Research.

In a third project (with Brett Kyle), Reiter examines the use of military courts to shield armed forces personnel from accountability for human rights abuses. They have published two articles on military courts in Latin America. They are now in the process of writing a book manuscript covering the topic globally.

At Mount Holyoke, Reiter regularly teaches World Politics, Transitional Justice, Political Violence, International Law and Organization, and Ending War and Securing the Peace.

Recent Campus News

Andrew G. Reiter, associate professor of politics and international relations, talks to NOVA.

Federal troops in cities: What can be done?

As mysterious federal troops clash with protesters, Mount Holyoke professor Andrew Reiter says there’s little to be done.

This is a photo of Katie Cashin in a military uniform, looking skywards against a dark background.

Making history by meeting the future

Kaitlin Cashin, class of 2019, is featured in the new ad for the U.S. Space Force.

Andrew G. Reiter, associate professor of politics and international relations, talks to NOVA.

The violence paradox

Andrew Reiter, Mount Holyoke College politics and international relations professor, talks to NOVA about whether humanity is getting less violent. 

Andy Reiter, associate professor of politics and international relations, discussing Venezuela on WGBY’s Connecting Point.

Venezuela crisis begets humanitarian disaster

On WGBY’s Connecting Point, Mount Holyoke faculty member Andy Reiter talks about the near-coup in Venezuela and what’s to come.

Photograph of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (left) and Jair Bolsonaro.

Tumult unfolds ahead of Brazil’s elections

Andrew Reiter analyzes the upcoming election in Brazil, with one politician barred from the ballot and another campaigning on the promise of military rule.

Recent Publications

Reiter, A. and Kyle, B. "Latin America's Re-Militarization," Jacobin Magazine, November 10, 2018 (reprint of Militarization Redux)

Reiter, A. and Kyle, B. “Militarization Redux: Across the Region, Latin America’s Militaries are Regaining Power through the Court System,” NACLA Report on the Americas, July 27, 2018

Payne, L., Reiter, A., Mahony, C., Bernal-Bermúdez, L., and Olsen, T. “Transitional Justice, the Rule of Law, and Conflict Recurrence,” Development for Peace: Solutions to Tackle Fragility, Conflict, Violence, The World Bank, April 11, 2018

Recent Honors

Appeared on the PBS Nova documentary "The Violence Paradox" which aired on November 20, 2019.