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UMKC School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Department of Political Science and Philosophy


Dr. Rebecca Best




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Women in Conflict and Peace

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My work evaluates both how the involvement of women impacts prospects for a negotiated resolution for conflict and how the backgrounds and experience of the individual women involved in these processes effect both their influence on the process and the eventual outcomes.

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Military Veterans: Reintegration and Civic Engagement

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My research evaluates how gender effects the reintegration experiences of veterans, their willingness to run for office, their prospects of winning elected office, and their behavior while in office.

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Counter-Terrorism and Counter-Insurgency

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I evaluate patterns and processes in counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency, including how the structure of insurgent groups influences peace prospects, the effects of counter-terror tactics, and the implications of targeting decisions for perceptions of civil conflict actors' power and legitimacy.

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National Endowment for the Humanities
Dialogues on the Experience of War Grant Program

Bridging the Civil Military Gap

To learn more about my NEH funded Bridging the Civil Military Gap project and associated course (both with co-PIs Professor Viviana Grieco and Professor Whitney Terrell).

Learn more about the project here.

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