Timothy Jones

Timothy Jones

Ph.D. Candidate

University of Michigan

I am a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Michigan. My research encompasses issues of international security with an emphasis on the causes, dynamics, and termination of conflict and the peacebuilding process.

My current projects fall under two broad, intersecting themes: (1) analyzing patterns of political violence for state and non-state actors; (2) investigating how different strategies and institutions can quell violence and promote peace. This work is part of a larger substantive research agenda that explores how intrastate and interstate conflicts evolve, how the allocation of resources and adoption of different countermeasures or institutions can establish political order, and how global competition over contested areas exacerbates violence.

To investigate questions related to these topics, I apply different research designs as appropriate for the theoretical question at hand. Often, this entails augmenting data collected in conflict zones with computational methods and in-depth case studies, in addition to more standard experimental designs and spatial statistics. I process and integrate large-scale data from a range of sources to facilitate research at international and local levels. While I explore broad trends, I maintain regional interest and expertise in the Middle East, East Africa, and Central Asia.

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  • Civil War, Interstate War, Insurgency, Terrorism
  • Geospatial Information Services, Data Visualization
  • Computational Social Science, Casual Inference
  • Ph.D. in Political Science, 2023 (expected)

    University of Michigan

  • Masters of International Affairs, 2017

    University of California, San Diego

  • Masters of Science in Strategic Intelligence, 2011

    National Intelligence University

  • B.A. International Relations, 2010

    American Military University

  • B.A. Political Science, 2005

    Indiana University