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Michael J. Soules

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

I earned my Ph.D. in Political Science from Penn State University in May of 2022.


My research focuses on terrorism, civil war, rebel group recruitment processes, and women’s participation in political violence. 


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. Additionally, my work on transnational terrorism and civil wars has been conditionally accepted at International Studies Quarterly.

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