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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 International Studies Quarterly; Journal of Conflict Resolution; Security Studies; International Interactions; Conflict Management and Peace Science; PS: Political Science and Politics; Terrorism and Political Violence; and Studies in Conflict and Terrorism. 

You can reach me at: or through my LinkedIn account

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