Ana M. Arjona

Ana Arjona, Ph.D., Yale University, is an Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science at Northwestern University. She has been a fellow at the Earth Institute at Columbia University in New York, and at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. In 2018-2019 she was the Director of the Center for the Study of Security and Drugs at Los Andes University in Colombia. Her academic interests include violence and conflict, organized crime, drug policy, the foundations of political order, state building, local governance, and the links between crime and politics. She is also interested in the philosophy of social science. Her current research projects investigate the causes and consequences of institutional change and individual agency in contexts of violence. Her work combines different methods and types of evidence. She has conducted extensive fieldwork in Colombia and has also carried field research in Kosovo. Her award winning book, Rebelocracy: Social Order in the Colombian Civil War (Cambridge University Press, 2016), proposes a theory to explain order and disorder in war zones, as well as the form order takes when it emerges, giving place to different forms of rebel governance. She also co-edited Rebel Governance in Civil War (Cambridge University Press, 2015), the first edited volume on rebel governance. Her work has also been published in various journals and edited volumes, including The American Political Science Reivew, The Journal of Conflict Resolution, Latin American Politics and Society, and Civil Wars. She is currently working on different projects on individual and collective behavior in contexts where non-state armed groups operate, the legacies of organized violence and militarized governance, state capacity, and local governance.

Her work has been funded by the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, SSRC, the United States Institute of Peace, Yale University, Columbia University and Northwestern University in the U.S.; IDRC in Canada; the Folke Bernadotte Academy in Sweden; and the Department for International Development, the Economic and Social Research Council, and the GCRF in the U.K. She has been a Fellow at the Earth Institute at Columbia University and at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame.


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