Alexandra Chinchilla is a PhD candidate in Political Science at the University of Chicago and a 2020-21 USIP-Minerva Peace and Security Scholar. She is also a Hans J. Morgenthau Fellow with the Notre Dame International Security Center. Her dissertation research examines when states intervene in conflict by supporting local proxies and how they manage the politics of proxy war. Using game theory, original quantitative data, and case studies of US and Russian intervention based on extensive archival research and interviews, Alexandra shows how intervening states use military advisors to monitor and influence proxy militaries as a key means of shaping the proxy’s war goals, conduct of war, political coalitions, and leadership over time. Alexandra’s other research examines the effects of security cooperation on democracy and human rights, the domestic causes and consequences of security alliances, and intervention in civil wars.

Alexandra’s work is published in International Politics and supported by The Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts and The Social Sciences Research Center at the University of Chicago. In addition, Alexandra is a Data Research Fellow at the Chicago Project on Security and Threats (CPOST).

Alexandra holds an MA in Political Science from the University of Chicago, and a BS in Foreign Service from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. She speaks Polish and some Russian, and has studied abroad at Kingʼs College London; Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland; Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO); and Moscow State University (MGU). Alexandra held internships or fellowships with The RAND Corporation, the Political-Economic section at the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw, and the U.S. House of Representatives Armed Services Committee.

Read more about Alexandra on her website.