Aila M. Matanock

Aila M. Matanock is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research addresses how international and other outside actors engage in fragile states.

Her most recent work is on comparative policing. She has conducted fieldwork in Colombia, Central America, Melanesia, Southeast Asia, and elsewhere. Her 2017 book, Electing Peace: From Civil Conflict to Political Participation, was published by Cambridge University Press and won the 2018 Charles H. Levine Memorial Book Prize. Her work has also been published by Foreign Affairs, Governance, International Security, Journal of Politics, Perspectives on Politics, and elsewhere.

She previously worked at the RAND Corporation and the Los Alamos National Laboratory. She has held fellowships at Stanford’s Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) and UCSD’s Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation.

She received her Ph.D. in political science from Stanford University and her A.B. magna cum laude from Harvard University.

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