About Alex Braithwaite
My research and teaching focus upon the causes and contagion of violent and nonviolent conflict, including terrorism, protests, riots, civil war, and international wars. My research demonstrates that incidents of violent political conflict cluster in space and time, that openings in political opportunity structures encourage the contagion of violence between groups and across national borders, and that terrorist groups commonly exploit so-called spoiler opportunities in an attempt to derail plans for peace.
:: Foreign fighters, civil war, and terrorism. (Including research with Tiffany Chu and Ashley Covarrubias.)
:: The quality of elections and terrorism. (With Jessica Maves Braithwaite).
:: Troop deployments, military bases, and civil conflict. (Including research with Jeffrey Kucik.)
:: Learning & emulation processes in conflict contagion.
2006: PhD in Political Science, Pennsylvania State University
2002: MA in Political Science, Pennsylvania State University
1999: BA in War Studies & History, King's College London
POL 414: Contagion & Diffusion in World Politics
POL 419: Terrorism & Counterterrorism
POL 595E: International Relations Proseminar