Danielle Gilbert

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Danielle Gilbert is a PhD candidate in Political Science at the George Washington University and a 2018-2019 Minerva/Jennings Randolph Peace Scholar at the United States Institute of Peace. Her dissertation, “The Logic of Coercive Kidnapping,” examines the hostage-taking strategies of non-state groups, leveraging evidence from interviews with ex-combatants from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), as well as an original dataset of the kidnapping behavior of nearly 1,900 violent, political organizations. Danielle has published in the journal Terrorism & Political Violence and has written for War on the Rocks and The Washington Post. Her work has been supported by the Cosmos Club, the Bridging the Gap Project, the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace, the Les Aspin ’60 Summer Fellowship, and the Georg W. Leitner Program in International and Comparative Political Economy at Yale. For the past three years, Danielle has served as a fellow with the Bridging the Gap Project, where she manages the annual New Era Workshop. Prior to her graduate studies, she served four years on Capitol Hill, including as a Senior Legislative Assistant and Appropriations Associate, and has worked as a policy advisor on presidential and congressional campaigns. She holds master’s degrees from the London School of Economics and the George Washington University and a B.A. in Ethics, Politics, and Economics from Yale. Follow her on Twitter (@_danigilbert).

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