Elizabeth Brannon

Elizabeth  Brannon
  • PhD Student
  • Department of Political Science


Elizabeth (Lizzie) Brannon is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Political Science at Michigan State University. Lizzie is a 2020-2021 USIP-Minerva Peace and Security Scholar Fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace. Her dissertation, “The Role of Women in Former Rebel Parties in Post-Conflict Africa,” examines the role of women in rebel groups that have transitioned into political parties. The project will utilize data collected from fieldwork in Uganda and will analyze the political ambition and opportunities among former female fighters, as well as the roots of their exclusion from political power.

Beyond her dissertation research, Lizzie’s fields of study are International Relations and Quantitative Research Methodology. She is interested in gender and conflict, women’s political representation, peacebuilding, and post-war politics. Specifically, her research examines how women’s engagement in conflict influences peace outcomes and changes to gender equality.

Lizzie graduated with honors from James Madison University in 2017 with a B.A. in International Affairs and minors in Humanitarian Affairs and Honors Interdisciplinary Studies. Her research has received support from Michigan State University’s Center for Gender in a Global Context and the College of Social Science. 

Website: http://elbrannon.com/