Jennifer Dabbs Sciubba

Associate Professor of International Studies
(901) 843-3571

Jennifer Sciubba's CV

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About me:

As a political demographer, I am interested in understanding the impact of societal-level population changes on international and domestic politics, economics, and social relations. I teach a variety of courses at Rhodes, including Population & National Security and The Politics of Migration, and especially enjoy helping students become better speakers and writers. I want students to understand how what we’re learning plays out in the real world, which they practice through exercises like policy memos.

Likewise, one of my goals is to produce policy relevant research. I served as the Demographics Consultant in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (Policy) in Arlington, VA, where I worked on population, environment, and energy issues from 2006-2007. Today, I get to share my research through my post as a Senior Fellow with the Atlantic Council in Washington, DC, and as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

My first book was The Future Faces of War: Population and National Security (Praeger/ABC-CLIO 2011) and I have published chapters on political demography in Ageing Populations in Post-Industrial Democracies (ed. Vanhuysse and Goerres, Routledge, 2012) and Political Demography (ed. Goldstone, Kaufmann, and Toft, Paradigm Publishers, 2012). My research has appeared in International Interactions, International Area Studies Review, the Journal of Human Rights, and Orbis: A Journal of World Affairs, among others. I also enjoy writing opinion pieces, some of which have appeared in the LA Times, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, and The New Security Beat blog produced by the Environmental Change and Security Program at the Wilson Center.

I received my Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Maryland, where I was awarded a graduate fellowship with the Harrison Program on the Future Global Agenda. I am President of the Phi Beta Kappa Gamma Chapter of Tennessee, President of the Political Demography and Geography section of the International Studies Association, and am active with the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis. I received my B.A. from Agnes Scott College in Atlanta, GA.


Global Ecopolitics (syllabus)

Population and National Security (syllabus)

Environmental Studies & Sciences Senior Seminar (syllabus forthcoming)

Comparative Ecopolitics (syllabus)

Comparative Politics (syllabus)

Intro to International Relations (syllabus)


"Explaining the Timing and Support of the Campaign for a UN Convention on the Rights of Older People." International Journal of Human Rights (2014) DOI:10.0180/13642987.2014.901311.

"Coffins Versus Cradles: Russian Population, Foreign Policy, and Power Transition Theory." International Area Studies Review Vol. 7, No. 2 (2014): 205-221

"Framing and Power in Aging Advocacy." Social Movement Studies (2013) DOI: 10.1080/14742837.2013.860026.

The Future Faces of War: Population and National Security(Praeger/ABC-CLIO, 2011).

“Population and Environmental Security.” In Environmental Security: Approaches and Issues, edited by Rita Floyd and Richard Matthew. Abingdon: Routledge (2013). With Geoffrey Dabelko and Carolyn Lamere.

 “Rhetoric and Action on Aging in Germany, Italy, and Japan: Party Platforms and Labor Policies in the World’s Oldest Democracies.” In Ageing Populations in Postindustrial Democracies, edited by Pieter Vanhuysse and Achim Goerres. Abingdon: Routledge/ECPR European Political Science Series (2012). 

 “Population Aging and Power Transition Theory.” In Political Demography: Interests, Conflict and Institutions, edited by Jack Goldstone, Monica Duffy Toft, and Eric Kaufmann. Oxford University Press. (2012).

Population in Defense Policy Planning.Environmental Change and Security Program Report, Issue 13. Washington, DC: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (2009).

The Defense Implications of Demographic Trends: Age Structure, Migration, and Urbanization.” Joint Force Quarterly Vol. 48 (1st quarter, January 2008).


"The Age of Revolution? Demography Experts Comment on Tunisia′s Shot at Democracy" January 2011 -

"Where Have All The Malthusians Gone" November 2010 -

"Misguided Projections for Africa′s Fertility" August 2010 -

"Guest Contributor Jennifer Sciubba on Environment, Population in the 2008 National Defense Strategy" -

VIDEO - “Strategies for Bridging Research and Policy in the Classroom: Teaching Environment, Population, Conflict, and Security.” February 17, 2010 at the International Studies Association conference, New Orleans, USA.

VIDEO - "Jennifer Dabbs Sciubba - Teaching Demography and Security Linkages"

VIDEO - "Jennifer Sciubba on Defense Policy Planning"

VIDEO - "Demography and Conflict: How Population Pressure and Youth Bulges Affect the Risk of Civil War"

Recent Presentations and Invited Talks

“Realism and Russia’s Demographic Decline.” Paper presented April 4, 2013 at the International Studies Association Conference, San Francisco, CA, USA.

 Invited workshop participant for “Demographic Decline in Asia and the Future of Regional Security.” May 24-25, 2012, sponsored by the Jon A. van Beuren chair of Asia-Pacific Studies. U.S. Naval War College, Newport, RI, USA.

 “The Effect of Age Structure on Defense Policy, Security Cooperation, and Alliance Behavior.” Paper presented April 4, 2012 at the International Studies Association Conference, San Diego, USA. With TongFi Kim.

 Invited talk, “Population Aging and Power Transition Theory.” March 30, 2012. Monterey Institute for International Studies, Monterey, CA, USA.

 Invited workshop participant for “Global Trends and the Future of Warfare 2025.” May 17-18, 2011, sponsored by the National Intelligence Council and the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA, US.

 Roundtable participant for “Strategies for Bridging Research and Policy in the Classroom: Teaching Environment, Population, Conflict, and Security.” February 17, 2010 at the International Studies Association Conference, New Orleans, USA. 

 Other relevant positions

Demography consultant, Office of Policy Planning, Office of the Undersecretary for Policy, Department of Defense (January 2006-October 2007).

Graduate Fellow, Harrison Program on the Future Global Agenda, University of Maryland (August 2004-May 2005).


Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park (International Relations and Comparative Politics)
M.A., University of Maryland, College Park
B.A., Agnes Scott College
Also received training at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock, Germany, and attended Bond University in Gold Coast, Australia.