Aila Matanock

Aila Matanock is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. She was a Postdoctoral Research Associate with the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC) at the University of California, San Diego during the academic year 2012-2013. Her book project, based on her dissertation, focuses on the role of electoral competition between militant groups—those employing terrorism, guerrilla and/or insurgency tactics with political aims—and governments, especially as a component of negotiated settlements. Based on new quantitative and qualitative evidence, her research finds that these inclusive post-conflict elections decrease the risk of conflict recurrence. International actors are able to engage in monitoring and sanctioning non-compliance with a peace agreement through the transparency that elections provide. Her other projects focus on the role of international actors and armed non-state actors in governing weak and post-conflict states. She has designed and run several survey experiments in Colombia and Mexico that explore the levels of social support for armed non-state actors, as well as their strategies for gaining more support. Aila completed her Ph.D. in political science at Stanford University in 2012. Prior to graduate school, she was employed by the RAND Corporation. She received an undergraduate degree magna cum laude in Social Studies from Harvard University.