Laia Balcells is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Duke University. Her research and teaching focus on issues of Security, Peace and Conflict, with a special interest in civil wars, political violence, and nationalism and ethnic conflict. She is currently on residence at Princeton University as a Niehaus Visiting Associate Research Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Her first book, Rivalry and Revenge: the Politics of Violence in Civil War is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press. She has co-edited a special issue for the Journal of Conflict Resolution, entitled “Bridging Micro and Macro Approaches on Civil Wars and Political Violence: Issues, Challenges, and the Way Forward” (with Patricia Justino). Her research has been published in journals such as the American Political Science Review, Comparative Political Studies, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Peace Research, Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, Political Geography, Business and Politics, Politics & Society, and Journal of Conflict Resolution.