Raymond S. Jennings

External Associate – Climate Change Institute


Dr. Ray Salvatore Jennings is a practitioner scholar with broad analytical and field experience in situations of fragility and violence, ethnic conflict, forced displacement, climate disruption, social sustainability, political transitions, and post-conflict recovery. Over the past twenty-eight years he has served as country director and senior advisor with the United States Agency for International Development, the United Nations, the World Bank, the United States Institute of Peace, and international non-governmental organizations in 53 countries. He has held academic posts and lectured at Sheldon Jackson College, Georgetown University, the Naval Post-Graduate School, and Syracuse University. Jennings has also served as a Senior Fellow with the United States Institute of Peace, a Research Fellow with the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington DC, and as a Visiting Scholar with Stanford University’s Center for Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law. Jennings media appearances and panel contributions include CNN, CBS, ABC, BBC, CBN, CSPAN, NPR, the New Yorker, the Los Angeles Times, the Daily Star, the Brookings Institution, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Aspen Institute, Stanford University, and the Carnegie Endowment. Jennings has received numerous awards for his teaching and scholarship on the social, political, ecological, and economic impacts of violence and fragility.


Research Areas/Specializations:

  • Stabilization and recovery in fragile and conflict-affected states
  • Community-driven development responses to complex shocks
  • Rapid political transitions and democratic breakthroughs
  • Climate disruption and social development
  • Identity formation and cultural symbolism
  • Post-conflict recovery and reconstruction
  • Civic movements and social change