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Dr. Megan A. Stewart

Megan A. Stewart is a Post-Doctoral Research Associate and Lab Manager at the Politics Experimental Lab in the Department of Politics at the University of Virginia, and an Assistant Professor at American University’s School of International Service. Megan's research interests lie at the nexus of state formation and civil war. Her work examines the strategic use of violence and governance during intrastate conflict, participation and civilian collaboration in civil war, and post-conflict institution building. In the Politics Experimental Lab, Megan’s research explores the relationship between social identity, social exclusion and pro-social behavior.  She is also currently working on a book manuscript, Governing for Revolution, which explores how the long-term strategic goals of insurgencies determine the inclusivity of their social service systems to both impact the war effort, as well as shape the nature of state institutions once conflict ends.


Megan completed her Ph.D. in Government with Distinction from Georgetown University in May 2016. Her research has been supported by the Brookings Institution, Georgetown University, the Harry S. Truman Foundation, and Qualtrics. Megan’s research has been published in Conflict Management and Peace Science, and is forthcoming in the Journal of Politics. Her work has been featured in the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog and Political Violence at a Glance. For more information, please visit her website,, or view her CV.

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