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Paul Staniland

Associate Professor

UChicago Department of Political Science

Paul Staniland, AB’04, conducts research on civil war, international security, and ethnic politics, primarily in South Asia. Other research interests include the politics of insurgency and terrorism, civil-military relations, pro-state paramilitarism in civil wars, Indian and Pakistani foreign and internal security policy, the dynamics of “indirect rule” during and after colonialism, and the politics of armies in Asia, particularly Pakistan in comparative perspective.

His book Networks of Rebellion: Explaining Insurgent Cohesion and Collapse examines how insurgent groups are organized and the circumstances under which they can survive counterinsurgency. Networks of Rebellion won the Joseph Lepgold Book Prize, Peter Katzenstein Book Prize, and Myres McDougal Prize. He is currently writing a book, tentatively titled “Armed Politics: Violence, Order, and the State in Southern Asia,” on state-armed group relations in South and Southeast Asia. Staniland’s work has been published in Asian SurveyCivil Wars, Comparative Political Studies, Comparative Politics, Governance, Journal of Conflict Resolution, India Review, International Security, International Studies Quarterly, Perspectives on Politics, Security Studies, and the Washington Quarterly, among others.

Staniland codirects the Program on International Security Policy and is a cofounder of the Program on Political Violence and assistant director of the Chicago Project on Security and Terrorism. He received his AB from the University of Chicago and his PhD from MIT, both in political science. He teaches courses on civil wars and qualitative methods.

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