Teaching Fellow in the Social Sciences
Gentry Jenkins is a PhD candidate in Political Science at the University of Chicago. His research centers on the connections between revolution, state-building, civil war, and international conflict. Gentry’s dissertation examines how the centralizing and intrusive policies of revolutionary governments motivate new separatist insurgencies. Drawing on archival sources from several cases of revolutionary states in Africa, Latin America, and Southeast Asia, he explores how variation in the implementation of centralizing policies combine with other factors to shape the level of resentment towards the central state and the risk of separatist rebellion. In addition to his doctoral studies, Gentry has worked as a graduate research associate for the Chicago Project on Security and Threats, where he conducted research on the targeting strategies employed by militant groups. He also served for two years as the student coordinator for the Program on International Security Policy. Gentry holds an MA in International Relations from the University of Chicago’s Committee on International Relations and a BA in History from the University of Idaho.