Alexandra Chinchilla is a PhD student in the field of International Relations. Her research interests include third party intervention in civil wars, proxy warfare, security cooperation, NATO, and alliance politics. In particular, her research explores how third parties choose between providing military and/or economic aid to combatants or intervening with their own militaries in an ongoing conflict, and how this effects outcomes. Alexandra is also interested in Russia and Eastern Europe. She speaks Polish and some Russian, and has interned at the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw and studied in Moscow. Her primary research methods are qualitative methods and formal theory.
At the University of Chicago, Alexandra is a Graduate Research Associate at the Chicago Project on Security and Threats (CPOST). Her project focuses on how U.S. security cooperation with partners in the Middle East and South Asia influences their military effectiveness in combat against militant groups.
Alexandra earned a BS from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., with a concentration in international security and a minor in Russia and East European Studies. She has studied abroad at King’s College London; Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland; Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO); and Moscow State University (MGU).