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I am a postdoctoral fellow and instructor in Strategy and Policy at the U.S. Naval War College. Starting in Fall 2023, I will be an Assistant Professor of Government at Wesleyan University.

My research focuses on the internal politics of armed organizations, both state militaries and non-state armed groups, particularly in South and Southeast Asia. I use a wide variety of research methods: field experiments, lab-in-the-field experiments, formal models, large-N quantitative analysis, and in-depth qualitative interviews. My work has been published in American Journal of Political Science, Security Studies, International Peacekeeping, and Journal of Experimental Political Science.

Prior to the Naval War College, I was a postdoctoral fellow at the Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth. I earned my Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University in May 2019. I also hold a B.A. in Political Science from Stanford University and an M.A. and M.Phil. from Columbia. Please contact me at kolbyhanson@gmail.com.