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Shauna N Gillooly

PhD Candidate, Political Science, University of California, Irvine

Shauna Gillooly is a PhD Candidate in Political Science at the University of California, Irvine. Shauna received her B.S. (with honors) in International Affairs & Spanish Language from Florida State University in 2016, and her M.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Irvine in 2018. She is a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellow, which currently provides support for her fieldwork in the Pacific Coast of Colombia.

Her dissertation research is focused on the relationships between the international, national, and local levels during processes of peacebuilding and transitional justice amidst continued political violence. Her primary case study is Colombia, where she has conducted extensive fieldwork for the past four years.

Her past work has focused on social movement transitions to political parties in Latin America, as well as the impact of political violence legacies on voter behavior. Her previous work has been published in academic journals such as Politics, Groups, and Identities and has appeared in media outlets such as The Washington Post.


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    PhD Candidate, Political Science , University of California, Irvine


    University of California, Irvine , Political Science