My research focuses on internal conflict, contentious politics and social movement organizational behavior. I am particularly interested in the ways in which people become mobilized into political action, how social movement organizations recruit and manage their membership, and how these internal processes influence inter-group collaboration. My work in these areas has been published in top academic outlets, including the American Political Science Review, the British Journal of Political Science, and the journal International Negotiation. I am currently working on two large research projects. The first is a book project that focuses on the development of collaborative relationships among violent political organizations in the Americas over the last half-century; the second examines systematic differences in the form, content and organization of women’s participation in violent social movements across world regions. I currently teach graduate and undergraduate courses on terrorism, civil war, social movements and research design. I also serve as a faculty mentor for the McNair Scholars Program and the START Center’s Expanding Access to Security Studies Education initiative.

Areas of Interest

  • Contentious Politics
  • Protest & Political Violence
  • Collective Action & Institution-Building
  • Organizational Behavior & Design
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  • Degree Type
    Degree Details
    Political Science (Penn State University)
  • Degree Type
    Degree Details
    International Policy and Development; Crime Policy (Georgetown University)
  • Degree Type
    Degree Details
    International Relations and Spanish (Bucknell University)
Kanisha D. Bond
3117F Chincoteague Hall
Department of Government and Politics
kanisha [at]
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