Danielle Gilbert

Danielle Gilbert
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Areas of Expertise

political violence, nationalism & ethnicity

Major- Comparative Politics

Minor- Research Methods

Danielle Gilbert is a PhD candidate-in-residence at the Institute for Security and Conflict Studies and a 2018-2019 Minerva/Jennings Randolph Peace Scholar at the United States Institute of Peace. She studies comparative politics and international relations with a multi-method approach to examining the causes and consequences of violence. Her dissertation, “The Strategic Logic of Political Kidnapping,” examines the hostage-taking strategies of non-state groups, leveraging evidence from interviews with ex-combatants from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, as well as an original dataset of nearly 1,900 violent, political organizations.

Danielle’s work has been supported by the Cosmos Club, the Bridging the Gap Project, the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace, the Les Aspin ’60 Summer Fellowship, and the Georg W. Leitner Program in International and Comparative Political Economy at Yale. She has published in the journal Terrorism & Political Violence and has written for War on the Rocks and The Monkey Cage. For the past three years, Danielle has served as a fellow with the Bridging the Gap Project, where she manages the annual New Era Workshop. Prior to her graduate studies, she served four years on Capitol Hill, including as a Senior Legislative Assistant and Appropriations Associate, and has worked as a policy advisor on presidential and congressional campaigns.



B.A. in Ethics, Politics, and Economics from Yale University
MSc in Comparative Politics: Nationalism and Ethnicity from the London School of Economics