Matthew Adam Kocher, Ph.D, University of Chicago, 2004, is a lecturer in the Department of Political Science and the Jackson Institute at Yale University. His research is concerned with the causes and internal dynamics of civil wars and other violent social processes. Dr. Kocher’s research has been published in the American Journal of Political Science, World Politics, Perspectives on Politics, Politics and Society, the Journal of Peace Research, Political Analysis and Política y Gobierno. He has won the American Political Science Association’s (APSA) 2006 Gabriel A. Almond Award for the best dissertation in comparative politics, the APSA Comparative Politics Section’s 2009 Gregory Luebbert award for the best professional article in comparative politics, and the 2009 Article of the Year Award from the Journal of Peace Research. Dr. Kocher has previously taught at the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE) in Mexico City, the University of Notre Dame, and the University of Chicago.