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Emma Boyle, Ph.D.

Emma Boyle, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Emma is Visiting Assistant Professor. Her research interests include the geography of violence in civil war, peace and conflict in Africa, the resource curse, and terrorism and counter-terrorism. She is the co-editor of Globalizing Somalia: Multilateral, International, and Transnational Repercussions of Conflict (Bloomsbury Academic Press, 2013) and has previously published in Terrorism and Political Violence and Security Studies.

Areas of Expertise

  • Peace and conflict in Africa
  • Gender-based violence in civil war
  • Geography of violence in civil war
  • Terrorism and Counter-terrorism


  • Ph.D., Political Science and African Studies, The Pennsylvania State University, 2016.
  • M.Sc., African Studies, Oxford University, 2008.
  • M.A., International Relations, University of St. Andrews, 2005.
  • Her dissertation topic was “Explaining Violence in African Civil Wars: Sierra Leone and Liberia in Comparative Perspective.”


  • POL 151: Principles of American Government
  • POL 171: Political Analysis
  • POL 221: Politics of the Developing World
  • POL 240: International Relations
  • POL 341: Globalization
  • POL 480 and 481: Senior Thesis