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Michael Rubin

Assistant Research Professor

Human Rights Institute, University of Connecticut

Michael A. Rubin is an Assistant Research Professor in the Human Rights Institute, University of Connecticut. He was previously a postdoctoral scholar at the Center for Peace and Security Studies (cPASS), University of California San Diego, and earned a PhD (2018) in political science at Columbia University, specializing in International Relations and Comparative Politics. His research investigating the causes, conduct, and consequences of political violence is published or forthcoming in International Studies Quarterly and Journal of Conflict Resolution and has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Weatherhead East Asia Institute, and the Earth Institute. His book project explains rebel groups' territorial control and governance during civil war, emphasizing civilians' role in shaping conflict processes. Rubin has conducted fieldwork in conflict-affected regions in the Philippines.

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Baidoa, Somalia

Makeshift, temporary shelter made of plastic and clothing at a refugee center in Baidoa, Somalia.