Regina Bateson is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at MIT. She studies comparative politics, with interests in crime, violence, civil wars, policing, vigilantism, and informal institutions. She has worked on Guatemala for the past decade, and her current book project explores the ways that local experiences during the Guatemalan civil war have shaped civilians’ responses to crime and insecurity today. Regina’s work has twice been recognized by the American Political Science Association: in 2014 she won the Gabriel A. Almond Award for the best dissertation in comparative politics, and in 2013, she won the Heinz I. Eulau Award for the best article published in the American Political Science Review in the previous year. Regina received her PhD from Yale University and her BA from Stanford University, and she was previously a Foreign Service Officer for the US Department of State.