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Tiffany Barron

Assistant Professor

University of Tennessee


About Me

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I am an assistant professor in the Howard H. Baker Jr. School of Public Policy and Public Affairs' Institute of American Civics at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. I received my Ph.D. in politics at Princeton University in September 2023. 

My research interests are at the intersection of international relations, comparative politics, and political theory. They include: revolutions and civil wars as responses to oppression, just war theory, and virtue ethics. I do qualitative and mixed methods research, with a regional focus on China. My dissertation, “The Ethics of Revolt: Just War, Moral Agency, and Civil Conflict,” examines revolutions and civil wars from both normative and empirical perspectives, incorporating just war theory, virtue ethics, and a Bayesian analysis of case studies drawn from early 20th century China. I received a Graduate School Teaching Award in 2022, and a Bradley Fellowship in 2020 and 2021. Prior to Princeton, I was a master’s student in the University of Chicago Committee on International Relations, where I graduated with honors. I received my B.A. with honors from Swarthmore College in 2013, with a major in political science and minor in Chinese. In my free time, I enjoy reading, playing guitar, salsa dancing, and spending time with my church community.

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