I am an Assistant Professor in Political Science at the University of South Carolina.  


My research focuses on how militant groups make funding choices and how these choices affect intrastate conflict processes. I argue that militant groups, like states, can be affected by the resource curse. My work uses game theoretic models and quantitative methods to demonstrate how this dynamic changes the strategic interaction between states and militant groups.  My additional work focuses on paramilitary groups and state repression.


Chelsea Estancona, Ph.D.

Department of Political Science

University of South Carolina



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