Jakana Thomas

Associate Professor
Office: 303 S. Kedzie

Jakana Thomas is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Michigan State University. She joined the faculty in 2012 after earning her Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University.  Her research focuses on conflict resolution in civil war and the characteristics of violent non-state groups. Thomas’ current projects examine how rebel group war aims affect conflict resolution and the relationship between gender and conflict.

Recent Publications

  • Jakana L. Thomas.  2014.  “Rewarding Bad Behavior: How Governments Respond to Terrorism in Civil War.”  American Journal of Political Science 58 (4): 804-818
  • Jakana L Thomas and Kanisha D. Bond.  2015  “Women’s Participation in Violent Political Organizations.”  American Political Science Review 109 (3): 488-506
  • Jakana L. Thomas, William Reed and Scott Wolford.  “The Rebel’s Credibility Dilemma” Forthcoming at International Organization