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Profile picture of Wendy Wagner on a sunny San Diego day.


I am a PhD candidate at the Department of Political Science at the University of California, San Diego.


My research focuses on international security, political violence, and the strategic interactions between armed nonstate actors and the state. My dissertation examines why and how some states and armed rebel organizations can coexist while others cannot. My dissertation is part of a larger substantive research agenda that seeks to understand the strategic interactions of non-state armed actors and governments, especially in the grey zone between outright conflict and formal peace. My work also touches on rebel competition, conflict resolution, and foreign intervention. 


I am a 2023-2024 Hans J. Morgenthau Pre-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Notre Dame and a 2024-2025 Smith Richardson Foundation World Politics and Statecraft Fellow. My research has been supported by the UCSD Yankelovich Center and the Institute for Humane Studies. I also hold a M.A. in Governance, Diplomacy and Conflict Studies from Reichman University, Israel.

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