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Anna Meier

Ph.D. Candidate
Comparative Politics
International Relations
Research Interests: 
International Relations, International Security, Political Violence, Insurgency, Terrorism, Foreign Fighters, Negotiations

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Anna Meier is a Ph.D. candidate in political science at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She specializes in international security and political violence, with a particular interest in how state actors think about violence. Her dissertation research explores the effects of state conceptualizations of terrorism on patterns of participation in violence, explaining variation in who engages in terrorism via attention to individuals' broader information environments and national-level discourses that shape what venues for violence are available and attractive. Anna also works on questions of the legitimation of nonstate actors, foreign fighter recruitment, and the study of emotions in international relations.


Prior to coming to UW, Anna worked at the START Consortium at the University of Maryland, concentrating primarily on the Global Terrorism Database (GTD). She holds an MA in political science from the University of Wisconsin—Madison (2016) and graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Knox College in 2013 with degrees in international relations and modern languages (German and French).

Anna is the 2018–2019 Experimental Politics Workshop coordinator and the International Relations Colloquium co-coordinator.