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Alexandria J. Nylen

Alexandria J. Nylen

Professional Title: 

Ph.D. Candidate


Thompson 712


Office Hours: 

Fall 2018: Thursdays 11:30am - 12:30pm; Fridays 1:15pm - 2:15pm


M.A. Peace and Justice Studies, Kroc School of Peace Studies at the University of San Diego (2013); B.A. Communication Studies, University of San Diego (2011)


I study international relations and comparative politics. My research focuses on the emergent norms surrounding the use and proliferation of armed unmanned aerial vehicles. I pair my interest in international civilian protection norms with an acute concern towards studying the totality of civilian experience of drone warfare. My ongoing dissertation research focuses on transnational activism surrounding armed drones. This project draws on in-depth interviews and fieldwork in Pakistan. 

I graduated from the University of San Diego in 2011 with a B.A. in Communication Studies and Peace & Justice Studies. I decided to continue pursuing my interests in human rights by enrolling in a Master's program at the Kroc School of Peace Studies. While at the Kroc School, I focused on the deleterious effects of U.S. counterterrorism policies in Yemen and Pakistan. I worked at B'Tselem's Jerusalem office during my Master's program, cataloging video footage from the West Bank and Gaza according to potential human rights abuses.


International Relations, International Law, Human Rights, Human Security, U.S. Foreign Policy, INGOs/NGOs, Social Movements

Articles Under Review and R&Rs:

Nylen, Alexandria. 2017. "Frontier Justice: International Law and 'Lawless Spaces' in the 'War Against Terrorists.'" Under Review at the European Journal of International Relations.

Nylen, Alexandria and Charli Carpenter. 2016. "Questions About Killing: Constructing International Law Through Public Opinion Surveys." R&R at the European Journal of International Security