Aila Matanock

Matanock Headshot 2014Aila M. Matanock is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research focuses on post-conflict elections that are produced by peace processes, foreign intervention that occurs by host state invitation, and armed actor governance and social support, especially in counterinsurgency contexts. She uses case studies, survey experiments, and cross-national data in this work. She has conducted fieldwork in Colombia, Central America, the Pacific, and elsewhere. She has received funding for these projects from many sources, including the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Center for the Study of Terrorism and the Response to Terrorism (START), and the Center for Global Development (CGD). Her dissertation won the 2012 Helen Dwight Reid Award from the American Political Science Association, and a revised version is forthcoming at Cambridge University Press (2017). She has worked at the RAND Corporation before graduate school, and she held fellowships at the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation and the Hoover Institution afterward. She received her Ph.D in political science from Stanford University and her A.B. magna cum laude from Harvard University.


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