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AWC America in the World Consortium

Promoting original research | Cultivating respect for diversity | Providing experience

AWC logoFounded in 2018 by AGS and its partners at UT-Austin and Johns Hopkins University, the America in the World Consortium (AWC) is a dynamic partnership of schools seeking to create a more vibrant debate among policy-interested academics about America’s role in the world.

The mission of the AWC is to prepare the next generation to confront geopolitical challenges and advance American national interests and values abroad.  The Consortium seeks to achieve its mission by better training national security professionals at all levels.  The community promotes original research, a respect for intellectual diversity and provides additional experience for future practitioners and policy makers.

AWC offerings include pre- and post-doctoral fellowships, Masters programming and funding, opportunities for undergraduates to engage outside of the classroom and a program that focuses on the nexus of law and national security.

The Consortium also hosts graduate conferences and symposia and professional workshops and conferences that sponsor publications.

AWC Post-Doctoral Fellow:

Katherine RobinsonKaitlyn Robinson is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science at Stanford University. Her research examines the emergence and evolution of terrorist, rebel, and insurgent organizations. Collectively, her work tells a story about how non-state armed groups successfully form and survive despite their weaknesses and unique constraints. Her dissertation examines the role that foreign states play in organizing and strengthening new armed groups and explores how this behavior affects the violent dynamics of armed conflict. Her work also analyzes the strategies that armed groups leaders use to manage their organizations and build internal cohesion. For this research, Kaitlyn conducted field interviews in Thailand and Myanmar with rebel group leaders. 

Since 2018, Kaitlyn has served as the head research assistant on the Mapping Militants Project, a Stanford-based research project that aims to document the organization, behavior, and relationships of armed groups across several different conflicts. The project is a member of the National Counterterrorism Innovation, Technology, and Education Center (NCITE), a U.S. Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence. Her most recent work with MMP has analyzed the organizational development of far-right groups operating in the United States, including the Oath Keepers and Proud Boys.

Kaitlyn is a recipient of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, and she served as a 2020-2021 junior scholar in the International Policy Scholars Consortium and Network. Before coming to Stanford, she worked at the U.S. Department of Defense in the William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies. Kaitlyn holds a M.A. in Political Science from Stanford University and a B.A. in Political Science and History from the University of Michigan.

AWC Pre-Doctoral Fellows:

Becca DudleyRebecca Dudley is a PhD Candidate in Political Science, with an emphasis in Security, Peace & Conflict and Political Methodology (applied statistics). Her research focuses on conflict management and foreign policy, focusing on the role of third parties in the dynamics of conflict and conflict resolution. Rebecca's dissertation project examines the decision of third-party states to become diplomatically involved in a peace process, with an emphasis on U.S. diplomatic foreign policy.

Rebecca is a Graduate Fellow for the Duke Program in American Grand Strategy, a Pre-Doctoral Fellow with the America in the World Consortium at Duke University, and a 2021-2022 Hans J. Morgenthau Fellow with the Notre Dame International Security Center. From 2019-2020, she was a Junior Scholar with the Carnegie International Policy Scholars Consortium and Network.