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Aila M. Matanock

Aila Matanock is an assistant professor of political science at UC Berkeley. She uses case studies, survey experiments, and cross-national data in her work on fragile states and the influence of third parties: international actors and civilians.

Matanock has conducted fieldwork in Colombia, Central America, the Pacific, and elsewhere. She has received funding for these projects from many sources, including the National Science Foundation, the Minerva Research Initiative, IGCC, and the Center for Global Development. Her first book, Electing Peace: Credibly Transitioning from Civil Conflict to Political Participation, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2017. It is based on her dissertation research at Stanford University, which won the 2013 Helen Dwight Reid award from the American Political Science Association.

Matanock was a W. Glenn Campbell and Rita Ricardo-Campbell National Fellow and the Arch W. Shaw National Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University (2015–2016), a postdoctoral scholar at the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation at the University of California San Diego (2012–2013), and a predoctoral fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (2010–2012).She received her PhD in political science from Stanford University and her AB magna cum laude from Harvard University. 

  • civil conflict
  • international intervention
  • statebuilding

Steering Commitee member, current

Investigator, International Institutions Intervening by Invitation

Postdoctoral scholar, DACOR program (2012‒2013)