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Alexandria J. Nylen

Alexandria J. Nylen

Professional Title: 

Ph.D. Candidate


Thompson 712


Office Hours: 

Spring 2019: Mondays 4:00-5:00pm; Wednesdays 4:00-5:00pm


M.A. Peace and Justice Studies, Kroc School of Peace Studies at the University of San Diego (2013); B.A. Communication Studies, University of San Diego (2011)


I study international relations and comparative politics. My research focuses on the emergent norms surrounding the use and proliferation of armed unmanned aerial vehicles. I pair my interest in international civilian protection norms with an acute concern towards studying the totality of civilian experience of drone warfare. My ongoing dissertation research focuses on transnational activism surrounding armed drones. This project draws on in-depth interviews and fieldwork in Pakistan. 


International Relations, International Law, Human Rights, Human Security, U.S. Foreign Policy, INGOs/NGOs, Social Movements


Nylen, Alexandria and Charli Carpenter. "Questions of Life or Death? De-Constructing Human Rights Norms in Public Opinion Polls." Forthcoming 2019, European Journal of International Security.


Nylen, Alexandria. "Frontier Justice: International Law and 'Lawless Spaces' in the 'War Against Terrorists.'" Revise and resubmit; European Journal of International Relations.


Curriculum Vitae: 

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