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Deborah Avant

Dr. Deborah Avant is the Sié Chéou-Kang Chair for International Security and Diplomacy and Director of the Sié Center at the University of Denver. She is also the inaugural Editor-in-Chief of the ISA’s newly launched Journal of Global Security Studies. Prior to joining the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, she held positions at the University of California, Irvine and George Washington University. She is author of Political Institutions and Military Change: Lessons from Peripheral Wars, The Market for Force: the Consequences of Privatizing Security, and Who Governs the Globe?, along with many articles in scholarly and popular journals. For her work on private security and its governance she was awarded an honorary doctorate in 2013.

Lionel Beehner

Lionel Beehner is currently a PhD candidate at Yale University, a fellow at the Truman National Security Project, and a Term Member with the Council on Foreign Relations, where he is formerly a senior writer. He is a member of USA Today’s Board of Contributors and holds an M.A. in international affairs from Columbia University. His research focuses on non-state actors, international legal norms, and the use of force. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Foreign Affairs, The New Republic, and Slate, among other publications.

Sarah Bush

Sarah Bush is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Temple University. Her research focuses on the links between international and domestic politics. She is currently completing a book manuscript that explores how and why the United States and other developed countries have promoted democracy since the end of the Cold War. Other ongoing projects examine women’s representation in the developing world and the effects of democracy promotion on public attitudes in the Middle East. Her previous research has been published in the journal International Organization and on Prior to starting at Temple, she was a research fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and the University of Virginia’s Miller Center. Bush obtained her B.A. from Northwestern University and her Ph.D. from Princeton University. You can follow her on Twitter.

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.

Bridget Coggins

Bridget Coggins is an International Affairs Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, sponsored by Asan Institute for Policy Studies in Seoul, Korea. While in residence, Coggins is examining the external security consequences of state failure in Northeast Asia. Professor Coggins’ larger scholarly interests lie at the intersection of domestic conflict and international relations. Her work explores secessionism, maritime piracy, terrorism and insurgency, rebel diplomacy, and the economics of sovereignty. Her first book, Power Politics and State Formation in the 20th Century is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press in 2014. Her research also appears or is forthcoming in Foreign Policy, International Organization, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Peace Research, and at various university presses. Professor Coggins completed her PhD at Ohio State University (2006) and her undergraduate work was at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (1999). Coggins taught previously at Dartmouth College.

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.

Christian Davenport

Christian Davenport is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan as well as a Faculty Associate at the Center for Political Studies. 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. He is the author of five books; How Social Movements Die: Repression and Demobilization of the Republic of New Africa (2015, Cambridge University Press), Media Bias, Perspective and State Repression: The Black Panther Party (2010, Cambridge University Press) – winner of Best Book in Racial Politics and Social Movements by the American Political Science Association, and State Repression and the Promise of Democratic Peace (2007, Cambridge University Press); Repression and Mobilization with Carol Mueller and Hank Johnston (University of Minnesota Press.  2004), and Paths to State Repression: Human Rights Violations and Contentious Politics (Rowman & Littlefield, 2000).  Prof. Davenport is the author of numerous articles appearing in the American Political Science Review, the American Sociological Review, the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, theJournal of Conflict Resolution, Comparative Political Studies, and the Monthly Review (among others). He is the recipient of numerous grants (e.g., 10 from the National Science Foundation) and awards (e.g., the Russell Sage Foundation Visiting Scholar Award and a Residential Fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences – Stanford University). One book is under review: The Peace Continuum: What it is and How to Study it (with Erik Melander and Patrick Regan; Oxford University Press).  Two are near completion: Stopping State Repression(with Benjamin Appel) to be submitted to the Russell Sage Foundation Press.  Several are underway: and In Search of a Number: Rethinking Rwanda, 1994 (with Allan Stam), Understanding Untouchability (with Martin Macwan, Alan Stam and David Armstrong), If You Arrest a Revolutionary, Do You Arrest a Revolution: The Impact of Repression on Political Dissent (with Chris Sullivan) and Pop Struggle: Repression and Dissent in Film, Comics and Graphic Novels. He is also engaged in various data collection efforts, developing crowd-sourcing data collection programs and co-organizing workshops/conferences/webportals facilitating the development of conflict/peace studies. For more information, please refer to the following webpage:

Kristine Eck

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.

Rachel Epstein

Dr. Rachel Epstein is Associate Professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies where she is Director of the Masters of Arts in International Security and Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Europe and the World. Her research and teaching focus on the relationship between the economy and security outcomes, international organizations and domestic compliance, the politics of finance, states in transition, and civil-military relations. Dr. Epstein’s current research focuses on the role of banks in the European debt and currency crises, the developmental prospects for the EU’s newest member states, and the consequences of both for Europe’s integration project. Her current book project is called Banking on Markets: The Transformation of Bank-State Ties in Europe and Beyond. Dr. Epstein has also served as a Jean Monnet Post-Doctoral Fellow at the European University Institute (2001-2) and as a Transatlantic Research Fellow there (2004-5).

Tanisha Fazal

Tanisha Fazal is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame. 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 the relationship between public opinion and armed conflict. She is the author of State Death: The Politics and Geography of Conquest, Occupation, and Annexation (Princeton University Press, 2007), which won the 2008 Best Book Award of the American Political Science Association’s Conflict Processes Section. Her work has also appeared or is forthcoming in journals such as the British Journal of Political Science, International Organization, International Security, International Studies Review and Security Studies. 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. Prior to joining the faculty at Notre Dame, she taught classes on civil war, territorial conflict, research design, and the laws of war at Columbia University.

Page Fortna

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.

Cullen Hendrix

Dr. Cullen Hendrix is Assistant Professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies and directs the Environment, Food and Conflict (ENFOCO) Lab at the School’s Sié Center. Since 2010, he has held a research appointment at the Peterson Institute for International Economics. He is also Co-Director of the Geographic Information Systems Center at Lake Victoria, Uganda, and Co-Director of the Social Conflict Analysis Database, a project cataloging micro-data on social conflict in Africa and Latin America.

Dr. Hendrix has published widely on the topics of contentious politics, the environment and conflict, food security, and human rights. His recent book, with co-author Marcus Noland, Confronting the Curse: The Economics and Geopolitics of Natural Resource Governance (PIIE, 2014), addresses political and economic development in natural-resource dependent economies. Hendrix’s work also appears in a number of top journals, including the British Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Peace Research, International interactions, Civil Wars, Political Geography, and Global Environmental Change, and a wide variety of policy-oriented publications. His research has been supported by grants from the Department of Defense Minerva Initiative and the National Science Foundation.

In addition to his academic work, Dr. Hendrix has consulted for the Department of Defense, the FAO, the Human Security Report Project, and the World Food Programme, among other international agencies.

Allison Beth Hodgkins

Allison Hodgkins (PhD, 2010) is an Assistant Professor of International Security and Conflict Management at the American University of Cairo. She is also the director of the Master’s in Global Affairs; a program to prepare graduate students for leadership positions in the conduct of international affairs and public policy with a specific emphasis on students from Egypt and the MENA region. Her research interests focus on the relationship of power-asymmetry and insecurity in conflict management both at the inter and intra state levels. Current projects include the negative impact of asymmetric security guarantees on the implementation of peace agreements and the role of alliances in the security of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. A graduate of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, she joined the academy after a decade long career in international education. She has lived in the Middle East for more than 13 years and is an expert on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Arab-Israeli conflict and the Oslo process.

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

Oliver Kaplan is an Assistant Professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. He was previously a postdoctoral Research Associate at Princeton University in the Woodrow Wilson School and at Stanford University as an affiliate of the Empirical Studies of Conflict project. 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. As part of his research Kaplan has conducted fieldwork in Colombia and the Philippines. His research has been funded by the Smith Richardson Foundation and other grants and has been published in The Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Peace Research, The New York Times, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, and The 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 ScienceWorld PoliticsPolitics 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

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

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

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.

Vera Mironova

Vera Mironova is a PhD candidate in Political Science at University of Maryland and a pre-doctoral fellow at the Harvard University Program on Negotiations. Her research focus is on Individuals’ Economic and Political Behavior in Conflicts and Experimental Methodology. Vera conducted extensive fieldwork in active conflict zones (Syria, Yemen, Palestinian Territories, Ukraine, DRC) and post-conflict regions: Balkans (Bosnia, Kosovo and Croatia), Africa (Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi), Central Asia (Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan) and Caucasus (Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan). Her papers have been published inAmerican Economics Journal: Applied Economics and Journal of Experimental Political Science and public press articles have appeared in Foreign Policy, The Washington Post, The New Republic, Baltimore Sun and U-T San Diego. She obtained her B.A and M.A from Moscow State University.

Sara Bjerg Moller

Sara Bjerg Moller is a Ph.D. candidate (ABD) in the Department of Political Science at Columbia University and a Predoctoral Research Fellow at the Institute for Conflict and Security Studies at George Washington University. During 2012/2013 she was a Research Fellow at Georgetown University’s Mortara Center for International Studies. Prior to undertaking her doctoral studies, Sara worked as a Research Associate for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. She has also held research positions at the Brookings Institution, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Sara has published in the Los Angeles TimesBoston GlobeNational InterestMiddle East Times, and World Politics Review and won first place in the 2011 Richard A. Clarke National Scholarly Monograph Contest for her monograph “Lessons Learned and Unlearned: The Tenth Anniversary of September 11, 2001.”

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.

Stephen Saideman

Stephen Saideman holds the Paterson Chair in International Affairs at Carleton University’s Norman Paterson School of International Affairs. He has written The Ties That Divide: Ethnic Politics, Foreign Policy and International Conflict and For Kin or Country: Xenophobia, Nationalism and War (with R. William Ayres) and NATO in Afghanistan: Fighting Together, Fighting Alone (with David Auerswald), and other work on nationalism, ethnic conflict, civil war, and civil-military relations. 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. He writes at, Duck of Minerva and his own site ( He also tweets too much at @smsaideman.

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.

Paul Staniland

Paul Staniland is Assistant Professor of Political Science and co-director of the Program on International Security at the University of Chicago. He is the author of Networks of Rebellion: Explaining Insurgent Cohesion and Collapse (Cornell, 2014). He has published in scholarly journals on civil war and international security, with a focus on South Asia.

Leslie Vinjamuri

Leslie Vinjamuri is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in International Relations and co-Director of the Centre for the International Politics of Conflict, Rights and Justice at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Leslie’s work focuses on intervention and accountability for mass atrocities, multilateralism and international organizations, and transatlantic relations. She is an Associate Fellow on the US Programme at Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs. Previously, she taught at Georgetown University and was a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Human Rights at the London School of Economics. She is the recipient of grants and fellowships from the Leverhulme Trust, the Smith Richardson Foundation, and the Eisenhower Institute. She received her Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University and was a predoctoral fellow at Harvard. Leslie is a graduate of Wesleyan University. You can follow her on Twitter.

Joseph Young

Joseph Young is Associate Professor with appointments in the School of Public Affairs and School of International Service at American University in Washington, DC. He is an expert on terrorism and civil conflict. He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles across academic disciplines, including political science, economics, criminology, and international studies. Recent scholarly articles appear in the Journal of Politics, Perspectives on Politics, Journal of Peace Research, Public Choice, and International Studies Review.  His editorials have appeared in the National Interest, Huffington Post, World Policy Journal, the Washington Post and other outlets. The National Science Foundation and the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) have funded his research.