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Michael Weintraub

Associate Professor, Universidad de los Andes

I am an Associate Professor at the Escuela de Gobierno Alberto Lleras Camargo at Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia, and an Assistant Professor (on leave) in the Department of Political Science at Binghamton University (SUNY). My interests lie at the intersection of international security and comparative politics, with a focus on armed group behavior in civil war, politically-motivated violence, criminal violence and criminality, long-run historical legacies, electoral mechanisms in divided societies, and state-building. I wrote my dissertation on the dynamics of multiparty insurgencies, drawing on extensive fieldwork in Colombia. I received my Ph.D. in Government from Georgetown University in May 2014 and have been a Predoctoral Fellow at Yale University’s Program on Order, Conflict, and Violence (2013-2014) and a Jennings Randolph Peace Scholar at the United States Institute of Peace (2012-2013). For more information, please see my website at


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    Associate Professor, Universidad de los Andes