Anna Meier

Position title: Ph.D. Candidate: International Relations | Comparative Politics


Research Interests:

Terrorism, Counterterrorism, Critical IR, Securitization, Right-Wing Extremism


Anna Meier (she/her/hers) is a Ph.D. candidate in political science at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She specializes in critical terrorism studies, with a particular interest in how governments construct and label violent actors. Her dissertation research, using elite interviews with bureaucrats and policymakers in Germany and the U.S., develops a theory linking usage of the “terrorist” label to how government actors think about and reproduce power relationships between groups in society. Anna also works on issues of definition and measurement surrounding terrorism, the study of emotions in international relations, and text as data.

Prior to coming to UW, Anna worked at the START Consortium at the University of Maryland, primarily on the Global Terrorism Database, and at the Project On Government Oversight in Washington, DC. 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 2019–2020 department TA mentor and a 2019–2021 representative on the American Political Science Association’s Committee on the Status of Graduate Students in the Profession.


The Idea of Terror: A Critical Approach to Consequences of the “Terrorist” Classifier


Meier, Anna A., and Jonathan Renshon. “The Impact of Emotion on War Initiation and Termination.” In The Oxford Handbook of Behavioral Political Science, eds. Alex Mintz and Lesley Terris. Forthcoming.