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Jakana Thomas

Associate Professor

Jakana Thomas is an expert on political violence with an emphasis on the behavior of violent non-state actors. Her recent projects examine women’s participation in rebel, terrorist and community-based violent organizations, how violence influences conflict resolution, the correlates of terrorist lethality and the determinants of successful peace processes. 

Prior to joining the school, Thomas served as an associate professor at Michigan State University. Her work has been published in the American Journal of Political Science, American Political Science Review, International Organization, Journal of Peace Research, Conflict Management and Peace Science and in Security Studies. She is associate editor of the H-DIPLO International Security Studies Forum.  

For more information, please visit Jakana Thomas’ personal site.

Education and CV

Ph.D., Political Science, Pennsylvania State University, 2012
M.A., Political Science, Pennsylvania State University, 2009
B.A., Interdisciplinary Studies, International and Global Studies, University of Maryland Baltimore County, 2007

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