Dr. Jakana Thomas is currently associate professor in the Department of Political Science at Michigan State University and a faculty affiliate of the Center for Gender in the Global Context. She will be joining the faculty at the School of Global Policy and Strategy and Department of Political Science at the University of California, San Diego in Fall 2021. Her research focuses on political violence with an emphasis on the behavior of violent political actors. Her recent projects examine women’s participation in rebel, terrorist and militia organizations, how violence influences conflict resolution, the correlates of terrorist lethality, and the determinants of successful peace processes. Her research has been published in the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, International Organization, Journal of Peace Research, Security Studies, Conflict Management and Peace Science and RESOLVE.