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Political Violence

Core Faculty: Joe Young (chair), Boaz Atzili, Keith Darden, Carolyn Gallaher, Cathy Schneider, Matt Taylor

Courses required for the PhD concentration:

  • SIS 610 Theories of Violence and War OR GOVT 696 Political Violence in Comparative Perspective
  • SIS 619 Weak States and War
  • and one of the following, selected in consultation with the concentration chair:
    • SIS 619 Economics of Violence and Peace
    • SIS 619 Cybercrime, Espionage, Warfare
    • SIS 619 Transnational Organized Crime
    • SIS 619 Refugees/Migration/Trafficking
    • SIS 619 Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict
    • JLS 585 Evolution of the Global Jihad
    • JLS 585 Domestic Terrorism and Political Violence
    • JLS 672 Terrorism, Crime, & Public Policy

  • Click here for field comprehensive exam reading list


Contact Kasey Neil Petri, the PhD Program Coordinator, at 202-885-6582 or

We encourage prospective candidates to visit the University to meet faculty members and current PhD students. To arrange a visit, contact Graduate Admissions at 202-885-1646 or