ALEXANDRIA J. NYLEN
Ph.D. Political Science
I earned my Ph.D. in political science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in September 2021. I am trained in international relations, specializing in the area of international security.
My dissertation, Targeting Drones: Framing and Connectivity in Transnational Issue Networks uses a bottom-up approach to explore how actors with differing levels of geopolitical power navigate a transnational advocacy network. Using the armed drone advocacy issue as a case study, this dissertation draws on interviews with key informants, fieldwork in Islamabad, and an original text and picture dataset of over 100 advocacy documents. My research is published in the European Journal of International Relations, the European Journal of International Security and Perspectives on Politics. I also hold an MA in Peace and Justice Studies from the University of San Diego.
Currently, I am the Civil-Military Program Research Associate in the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies in Brown University's Watson Institute.