John Derks is a PhD student in the Department of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland, College Park. His primary and secondary fields are comparative politics and international relations, with a focus on conflict, authoritarianism, identity, and West Africa. Prior to coming to UMD, John earned his Bachelors degree in Economics from the University of Central Florida.

Areas of Interest

  • Conflict
  • Authoritarianism
  • Identity
  • West/Central Africa


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    Degree Details

Research Topics

  • Comparative Politics
  • International Relations
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