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Claire Metelits

Professorial Lecturer School of International Service

Claire Metelits received her PhD in Political Science from Northwestern University. Her research focuses on security, non-state actors and state building, with an emphasis on Sub-Saharan Africa. She worked as an advisor to US Army TRADOC and US Africa Command from 2009-2013, and taught at Washington State University and Davidson College. She has conducted research on insurgent groups in Afghanistan, Iraq, Sudan, Uganda, Angola, Turkey, Colombia and Nicaragua and has interviewed members of the Taliban, the Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK), and the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA). She is the author of "Inside Insurgency" (2009), "Security in Africa" (2016), and co-editor of Democratic Contestation on the Margins: Regimes in Small African Countries (2015). She has published articles in African Security, Political Research Quarterly, Defense and Security Analysis, International Studies Perspectives, and Africa Today.


PhD Northwestern University MA University of Denver

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  • Fall 2017

    • SISU-419 Senior Capstone: Int'l Studies: Security Issues in 21st C
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  • Spring 2018

    • SIS-619 Special Studies in Int'l Pol: Human Security
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    • SISU-306 Adv Int'l Studies Research: Field Rsrch Mthd in Int'l St
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    • SISU-310 Topics Peace/Glb Sec/Con Res: Pol of Conf/Conf Res in Africa
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