About Mikaela Westhoff

Graduate Student

Political Science

Penn State University

Fields: IR, Methods

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Email: mikaelawesthoff@gmail.com

Website: http://www.mikaelawesthoff.com/

WAKS profile: https://womenalsoknowstuff.com/profile/mikaela-westhoff

Twitter profile: @MikaelaWesthoff

Biographical sketch and research interests

Mikaela is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at the Pennsylvania State University. She previously studied at the University of Minnesota where she received her B.A. in Political Science in 2014. As a part of her honors thesis work, she completed field research in Rwanda on post-genocide mental health policy in Fall of 2013. She received her M.A. in Political Science from the Pennsylvania State University in May of 2018 with primary fields of International Relations and Political Methodology. Mikaela’s research focuses on the ways through which state and non-state actors attempt to build power and influence through nation-building activities and strategic political violence. This expands upon the work of state formation, ethnic conflict, nationalism, and nation-building scholars to explain the portfolio of violent and non-violent strategies utilized by states for the purposes of nation-building.