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Alexandria J. Nylen

Alexandria J. Nylen

Professional Title: 

Graduate Student

Office: 

Machmer 309

Email: 

Office Hours: 

Spring 2017 TBD

Degree: 

M.A. Peace and Justice Studies [Regional Focus: MENA], Kroc School of Peace Studies (2011); B.A. Communication Studies [Critical Media Studies], University of San Diego (2007)

Bio: 

I study international relations and comparative politics. My current research focuses on the emergent norms surrounding the use and proliferation of armed unmanned aerial vehicles. I am particularly interested in teasing out the uniqueness of drones as compared to other weapons technologies, especially banned weapons technologies. I pair my interest in international civilian protection norms with an acute concern towards studying the totality of civilian experience of drone warfare. I hope to dedicate a significant portion of my dissertation to exploring lived civilian experience of drones, paying particular attention to harms that are oftentimes not even considered within international law. 

I was born and raised in San Diego, California and graduated from the University of San Diego in 2007 with a B.A. in Communication Studies and minors in Peace & Justice Studies and Classical History. My undergraduate capstone research focused on the impact of Al Jazeera English's coverage of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution. I decided to continue pursuing my interests in Middle Eastern politics and human security by enrolling in a Master's program at the Kroc School of Peace Studies. While at the Kroc School, I focused on the deleterious effects of U.S. counterterrorism policies in Yemen and Pakistan, as well as recruitment strategies of extremist groups. I worked at B'Tselem's Jerusalem office during my Master's program, cataloging video footage from the West Bank and Gaza according to potential human rights abuses.

Interests:

International Relations, Human Security, Comparative Politics, Middle Eastern Politics, U.S. Foreign Policy, Social Movements, Political Science in Science Fiction