REBECCA V. BELL-MARTIN
VIOLENCE, SECURITY AND CONTENTIOUS POLITICS
I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science at Brown University. My research examines the causes and consequences of violence, public insecurity, and the contentious politics that arise out of it. My dissertation, “The Political Consequences of Violence: Empathy and Action amidst Conflict,” explores political behavior under high-risk contexts, especially in criminal and civil wars of the Global South. Over the past five years, I conducted 16 months of fieldwork in such conflict spaces. My methods include field interviews, participant observation, sub-national comparative analysis, statistical analysis, and experiments. I teach courses in Comparative Politics and International Relations.