Abbey Steele holds a PhD in political science from Yale University (2010). Her research interests include civil wars, violence, and state-building. She is an Assistant Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. Between 2010 and 2012, she was a postdoctoral research associate at Princeton University with the Empirical Studies of Conflict project. She has conducted research in Colombia since 2002, when she was a Fulbright scholar. Currently she is working on a book manuscript, Unsettling: Displacement during Civil Wars, and collaborating on the design and implementation of an impact evaluation of the state-building program that USAID and the government are undertaking in Colombia. Her work has been published in the Journal of Conflict Resolution and the Journal of Peace Research.