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Alexandria J. Nylen

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Ph.D. Candidate




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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 specialize in the area of international security, specifically examining the relationship between emergent weapons technologies and international laws and norms surrounding the use of military force. My research explores the legal and normative implications of remote warfare, such as the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in counter-terrorism operations, as well as civil society’s response to these post-9/11 national security policies. 


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


Carpenter, Charli, Alexander Montgomery and Alexandria Nylen. "Breaking Bad?: How Survey Experiments Prime Americans for War Crimes." forthcoming (2020), Perspectives on Politics

Nylen, Alexandria. "Frontier Justice: International Law and 'Lawless' Spaces in the 'War on Terror.'" European Journal of International Relations, 2019,

Nylen, Alexandria and Charli Carpenter. "Questions of Life and Death? De-Constructing Human Rights Norms in Public Opinion Polls." European Journal of International Security, vol. 4, no. 2, 2019, pp. 142-162.




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