Daniel Byman is a professor in the Security Studies Program of the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and the research director of the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution. He has held a range of positions, some of them rather dull, in the U.S. government. Dr. Byman’s latest book is A High Price: The Triumphs and Failures of Israeli Counterterrorism. He has written extensively on terrorism, Middle East security, and the use of force. When bored he tweets at @dbyman.
David B. Carter
David B. Carter is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Politics at Princeton University. His research focus is on international and internal conflict. Current work explores the implications of state sponsorship for terrorist groups, how domestic political institutions, democratic or authoritarian, influence the incentives of marginalized groups to employ violence, how targets of transnational terrorist and insurgent groups apply pressure on host states, as well as how violent groups strategically choose tactics in anticipation of government response. His work is published in American Journal of Political Science, International Organization, Journal of Politics, British Journal of Political Science, Political Analysis, and PS: Political Science and Politics.
David E. Cunningham
David E. Cunningham is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego, and is an affiliate of the Centre for the Study of Civil War at the Peace Research Institute Oslo. He is the author of Barriers to Peace in Civil Wars, which was published by Cambridge University Press, as well as articles in several academic journals. His research focuses on civil war, conflict bargaining, conflict management and international security.
Professionally, Christian Davenport is a Professor of Political Science & Faculty Associate in the Center for Political Studies at the University of Michigan, Director of the the Radical Information Project (RIP) and Stop Our States (SOS) as well as Associate Editor of the Journal of Conflict Resolution. Primary research interests include political conflict (e.g., human rights violations, genocide/politicide, torture, political surveillance, civil war and social movements), measurement, racism and popular culture – not necessarily in that order. He is the author of four books; two solo-authored: State Repression and the Promise of Democratic Peace, and Media Bias, Perspective and State Repression: The Black Panther Party – winner of Best Book in Racial Politics and Social Movements by the American Political Science Association; and, two edited: Repression and Mobilization with Carol Mueller and Hank Johnston, and Paths to State Repression: Human Rights Violations and Contentious Politics. Personally, Davenport is co-creator of New Jack Academics, a novelist, creator of boardgames and archery enthusiast. For more see: www.christiandavenport.com.
Kristine Eck (PhD 2010) holds a dual appointment as an Assistant Professor at the Dept. of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University (Sweden) and as a Researcher at the Swedish National Defense College. She is affiliated with the Uppsala Conflict Data Program (UCDP) where she has collected events data on violence against civilians and communal conflict. Her research focuses on the topics of civil war violence, state repression, and rebel recruitment. Much of her research builds on fieldwork amongst rebels in Nepal and Burma.
Tanisha Fazal is Associate Professor of Political Science at Columbia University and a member of the Saltzman Institute for War and Peace Studies. Her scholarship focuses on the relationship between sovereignty and international law. Fazal’s current research analyzes the strategic use of international law, particularly the law of armed conflict, as well as the changing benefits of becoming a state. Additional research focuses on the development of the laws of war, including international humanitarian law and principles such as the Responsibility to Protect. She is the author of State Death: The Politics and Geography of Conquest, Occupation, and Annexation (2007), which won the 2008 Best Book Award of the American Political Science Association’s Conflict Processes Section. She has been a fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University and at the Olin Institute for Strategic Studies at Harvard University. In 2002 she was awarded the Helen Dwight Reid Award of the American Political Science Association. She received her Ph.D. from Stanford University, and her undergraduate studies were at Harvard University.
Page Fortna is Professor of Political Science at Columbia University and a member of the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies. Her research focuses on the durability of peace in the aftermath of both civil and interstate wars, war termination, and terrorism. She teaches courses on international politics, war termination, cooperation and security, terrorism, and research methods. She is the author of two books: Does Peacekeeping Work? Shaping Belligerents Choices after Civil War and Peace Time: Cease-Fire Agreements and the Durability of Peace. She has published articles in journals such as World Politics, International Organization, International Studies Quarterly, and International Studies Review. She is currently working on a book project on terrorism in civil wars. Her Ph.D. is from Harvard University (1998), and her undergraduate studies were at Wesleyan University. Before graduate school, she worked at the Henry L. Stimson Center, a think tank in Washington DC. She is married to the artist Pete Beeman. They and their daughters, Rosie and Linden, live in New York City and Portland, OR.
Lise Morjé Howard
Lise Morjé Howard is an Associate Professor in the Department of Government at Georgetown University. She was the founding director of the Master of Arts Program in Conflict Resolution at Georgetown, and previously served as an Assistant Professor at Wesleyan University and a Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow at the US Institute of Peace. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley and has held fellowships at Stanford University (Center for International Security and Cooperation), Harvard University (Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs), and the University of Maryland (Center for International Development and Conflict Management). Howard’s research and teaching focuses on civil wars, peacekeeping, US foreign policy, and area studies of the Balkans and Africa. She has written several articles and book chapters on these topics. Her book, UN Peacekeeping in Civil Wars, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2008, and it won the Best Book Award from the Academic Council on the UN System (ACUNS).
Oliver Kaplan joined the faculty of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver as a Lecturer in Human Rights in 2012. He was previously a postdoctoral Research Associate at Princeton University in the Woodrow Wilson School working with the Empirical Studies of Conflict project (and was a Postdoctoral Researcher at Stanford University from 2010-2011). His main research interests include the study of alternative conflict resolution and counterinsurgency strategies. His book project, “Civilian Autonomy in Civil War,” examines how civilian communities organize to protect themselves from wartime violence and received the Diskin Dissertation award honorable mention from the Latin American Studies Association. He uses mixed methods in his research and has conducted fieldwork in Colombia and The Philippines. He is currently working on additional projects on the link between land and conflict and post-conflict state consolidation processes. His research has been funded by the Smith Richardson Foundation and other grants and has been published in The Journal of Conflict Resolution, Foreign Policy, and National Interest. Kaplan received his Ph.D. in political science from Stanford University and completed his B.A. at UC San Diego.
Matthew Adam Kocher
Matthew Adam Kocher is a lecturer in the Department of Political Science and the Jackson Institute at Yale University. His research is concerned with the causes and internal dynamics of civil wars and other violent social processes. He has an M.A. and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, and a B.A. from Reed College. Recent work by Kocher appears in the American Journal of Political Science, World Politics, Politics and Society, the Journal of Peace Research. He has won the American Political Science Association’s (APSA) 2006 Gabriel A. Almond Award for the best dissertation in comparative politics, the APSA Comparative Politics Section’s 2009 Gregory Luebbert award for the best professional article in comparative politics, and the 2009 Article of the Year Award from the Journal of Peace Research. Kocher has previously taught at the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas in Mexico City, the University of Notre Dame, and the University of Chicago.
Andrew Kydd received his Ph. D. in political science from the University of Chicago in 1996 and taught at the University of California, Riverside and Harvard University before joining the Department of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin in the fall of 2007. His interests center on the game theoretic analysis of international security issues such as war, terrorism, trust and conflict resolution. He has published articles in the American Political Science Review, International Organization, World Politics, and International Security, among other journals. His book, Trust and Mistrust in International Relations, was published in 2005 and won the 2006 Conflict Processes Best Book Award.
Jason Lyall, Ph.D., is currently Assistant Professor of Political Science at Yale University. His research focuses on the dynamics of political violence in civil and interstate wars, with a particular emphasis on Russia and Afghanistan, where he conducts fieldwork. His work has been published in the American Political Science Review, Foreign Affairs, International Organization, Journal of Conflict Resolution, and World Politics. This research has been supported by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research’s Minerva Initiative, the MacArthur Foundation, and the United States Institute of Peace. He also blogs occasionally at the Monkey Cage. You can follow him on Twitter.
Andrew Mack is Director of the Human Security Report Project at Simon Fraser University and a faculty member of the university’s new School for International Studies. From 1998 to 2001 he was Director of the Strategic Planning Unit in the Executive Office of UN Secretary General Kofi Annan. Professor Mack was Head of the Department of International Relations at the Institute of Advanced Study at the Australian National University (ANU) from 1991 to 1998. He was Director of the ANU’s Peace Research Centre (1985‐91) and Senior Research Fellow in the ANU’s Strategic and Defence Studies Centre (1984‐85).
He has written and edited some 16 monographs and books and his 60‐plus scholarly articles have appeared in a wide range of journals, including: World Politics, Washington Quarterly, British Journal of International Studies, World Policy, Foreign Policy, Comparative Politics, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Peace Research, Security Dialogue, Asian Survey, Australian Journal of International Affairs and Pacific Review.
Will H. Moore
Will H. Moore is Professor of Political Science at Florida State University. His research explores a variety of aspects of violent political conflict, including dissident–state interaction, protest, terror, human rights violations, and forced migration. He finds media coverage of this topic frustrating, and like his cousin wants a better press corps. You can hear/see him jabber about that with Christian Davenport at Chris & Will Call ‘em Out.
Roland Paris is University Research Chair in International Security and Governance at the University of Ottawa, Canada, where he is also the founding director of the Centre for International Policy Studies and an associate professor in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. He writes about peacebuilding and post-conflict reconstruction, military intervention and international governance. His previous positions include: assistant professor of political science and international affairs at the University of Colorado-Boulder; foreign policy adviser in the foreign ministry and cabinet office of the Canadian government; director of research at the Conference Board of Canada, the country’s largest think tank; and visiting researcher at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C. He has won several awards for his research, teaching and public service.
As of July 1st, Stephen Saideman holds the Paterson Chair in International Affairs at Carleton University’s Norman Paterson School of International Affairs. In addition to his books, The Ties That Divide: Ethnic Politics, Foreign Policy and International Conflict; For Kin or Country: Xenophobia, Nationalism and War (with R. William Ayres) and Intra-State Conflict, Governments and Security (edited with Marie-Joelle Zahar), he has published articles and book chapters on the international relations and comparative politics of nationalism, ethnic conflict and civil war. Prof. Saideman spent 2001-2002 on the U.S. Joint Staff working in the Strategic Planning and Policy Directorate as part of a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellowship. Saideman is now completing a book on NATO’s experience in Afghanistan while also continuing his work on the international relations of ethnic conflict by focusing on the dynamics of diasporas.
Timothy D. Sisk
Timothy D. Sisk is Professor and Associate Dean for Research at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver and Director of the Center for Sustainable Development and International Peace (SDIP), a research and policy institute at the School. He specializes in conflict prevention, management, and peacebuilding in fragile and post-war contexts. His research focuses on the nexus between democracy and governance and the management of conflict in deeply divided societies, especially those emerging from civil war. He has conducted extensive research on the role of international and regional organizations, particularly the United Nations, in peace operations, peacemaking, and peacebuilding.
Jack L. Snyder is the Robert and Renee Belfer Professor of International Relations in the political science department and the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia University.
Leslie Vinjamuri is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in International Relations at SOAS, University of London. She founded and Co-Chairs the London Transitional Justice Network. Prior to joining SOAS, Leslie was on the faculty of the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. She has also been a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Human Rights at the London School of Economics, and at the Olin Institute for Strategic Studies at Harvard University. Leslie’s work focuses on the international politics of justice and accountability, competition and change in the international humanitarian market, and the role of human rights and transitional justice in democratic transitions. She is on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Transitional Justice and a member of the Advisory Group of the Institute for Integrated Transitions. She is also a Research Associate at IDEAS at the London School of Economics. She has a BA from Wesleyan University, an MSc from the London School of Economics, and a Ph.D. from Columbia University.
Joseph Young is an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Affairs at American University. His research focuses on the cross-national causes and consequences of political violence and terrorism. He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles across academic disciplines, including political science, economics, criminology, and international studies. Recent articles appear in the Journal of Politics, Perspectives on Politics, Journal of Peace Research, Public Choice, and International Studies Review. The National Science Foundation and the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) have funded his research.