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Michael J. Soules

Hello! I will be starting as a Donald R. Beall Defense Fellow in the Naval Postgraduate School’s Defense Analysis Department for the 2022 - 2023 academic year.

I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science at the Pennsylvania State University. I successfully defended my dissertation in January of 2022 and will be graduating in May.


My research focuses on terrorism, civil war, women’s participation in political violence, and recruitment processes for political violence. My dissertation examines the causes and consequences of the recruitment tactics that armed groups employ.


My research has appeared or is forthcoming in Security Studies; International Interactions; Conflict Management and Peace Science; Terrorism and Political Violence; and Studies in Conflict and Terrorism.

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