Iris Malone


Me Iris Malone is a Ph.D. candidate in the Political Science department at Stanford University. Her research examines the role of violent non-state actors at the intersection of domestic and international politics.

Her dissertation, “Insurgency Formation and Civil War Onset,” examines why some militant groups become insurgencies while others do not. In contrast to previous explanations predicated on state power, this project proposes a new mechanism to explain civil war onset. It suggests that informational asymmetries about militant groups can sometimes lead governments to under-estimate these threats and choose inappropriate counterinsurgency responses in response.

Research Interests


Insurgency Formation

How do militant groups grow and evolve over time? When do militant groups become more violent?


Counterinsurgency and Counterterrorism

What shapes counterinsurgency strategies? How do these affect militant violence?


Risk, Uncertainty, and War

How do states identify and assess emerging security threats? What is the effect of uncertainty on war?

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(530) 559-7645

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