Alexis Jihye Yang is a Ph.D. candidate in politics at the University of Virginia, with a major in international relations and a minor in political methodology. She received her B.A. degree in political science from Sogang University (Seoul, Korea). Her doctoral dissertation evaluates how over-time changes in group-level features lead to breakdowns in alliances amongst militant organizations.


Sowon Park is a Ph.D. student in politics at the University of Virginia. She studies how foreign policy leaders interpret the intentions and signals of their adversaries during international crises, and how miscalculations sometimes lead to inadvertent crisis escalation. Her substantive research focuses on the impact of domestic politics on the bargaining behavior of political leaders during crises through the application of quantitative methodology.



Justin received his PhD in Political Science from Indiana University, Bloomington. His research sits at the intersection of armed conflict, migration, and climate change. While at the University of Virginia, he will add a public health dimension to his research. His book Surviving the War in Syria: Survival Strategies in a Time of Conflict is scheduled for release with Cambridge University Press in November 2020.


Joshua Alley is a Postdoctoral Research Associate with the Democratic Statecraft Lab and the Department of Politics at the University of Virginia. His research interests span alliance politics and the political economy of security. He is currently examining how alliance participation affects military spending and related issues in the domestic politics of alliances. His research is published or forthcoming in International Interactions and two edited volumes. 

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