Jennifer Dabbs Sciubba | Assistant Professor
Office: 116 Buckman Hall | Phone: (901) 843-3571 | Email:



Professor Sciubba′s CV

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I teach a mix of introductory and upper-level courses for both the International Studies department and the Environmental Studies program ( In Intro to International Relations, we explore the forces that shaped the world students were born into and what changes over the last couple of decades shaped the world we live in today. My Global Ecopolitics course explores how environmental issues, population trends, disease, technology, and globalization create solutions and problems for traditional questions of international relations—like war and peace, sovereignty, development, and power—and raise new areas of inquiry. I also offer a companion comparative version that examines the politics of the environment within nation-states, asking how different countries and communities end up with different approaches to the same environmental and population problems. In my Population and National Security course, students gain an understanding of population trends, their security implications, and their connections to issues such as development and the environment.


My research generally examines the political implications of demographic trends. The last couple of years I have used a social movements lens to explore the evolution and impact of global advocacy for the aged. The first of the articles from this project was published in 2013 in Social Movement Studies and is titled, "Framing and Power in Aging Advocacy." The second article is forthcoming in the International Journal of Human Rights and is titled, "Explaining the Timing and Support of the Campaign for a UN Convention on the Rights of Older People".

Another strand of my research explores the national security implications of population trends in fertility, mortality, and migration. I have published several policy-related pieces on this topic, including my first book, The Future Faces of War: Population and National Security (Praeger/ABC-CLIO, 2010). My article, "The Defense Implications of Demographic Trends," received the 2009 Kiley Award for best feature from the National Defense University Foundation. I also have a journal article forthcoming in International Area Studies Review titled, "Coffins Versus Cradles: Russian Population, Foreign Policy, and Power Transition Theory", which argues that, contrary to most predictions, we should expect aggressive Russian foreign policy in the face of their population decline.

Finally, I have published on the political-economy implications of population aging. My dissertation, "The Politics of Population Aging in Germany, Italy, and Japan," argued that fears of gerontocracy from population aging ignore two important factors: the particularities of political institutions and the politics of aging surrounding labor issues. I published a synopsis of this project in Generational Politics and Policies: Comparative Studies of Ageing Postindustrial Democracies, edited by Pieter Vanhuysse (European Centre, Vienna) and Achim Goerres (University of Cologne). I plan to expand this project to look at the influence of regime type on the politics of aging and have thus far traveled to Singapore, one of the most rapidly aging countries, to explore these issues.

My academic career has been enhanced by my policy experience as demographics consultant to the Office of the Secretary of Defense (Policy). Though I loved living and working in the Washington, DC area, the music, food, and community of downtown Memphis are the best I’ve found.



I am happy to serve as the advisor to Sigma Iota Rho, our chapter of the International Studies Honor Society, and to Green Rhodes, our student environmental group. I am also a member of Phi Beta Kappa at Rhodes. I serve on the Alumnae Board of Agnes Scott College and the Grants Committee of the Women′s Foundation for a Greater Memphis.



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.


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)

Selected Publications

"Framing and Power in Aging Advocacy." Forthcoming in Social Movement Studies (2013).

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).