Alec Worsnop

Research Fellow

Alec Worsnop is an assistant professor in the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland and a Research Fellow at CISSM. Worsnop is also a Non-Resident Fellow at the Modern War Institute at West Point. His research examines civil war, military effectiveness, civil-military relations, and institutional development in conflict and post-conflict environments. He is currently working on a book manuscript that investigates the determinants of insurgent military effectiveness, which, employing a mixed methods approach, includes an in-depth examination of 25 organizations in Iraq (2003-present) and Vietnam (1945-1975). Other projects study patterns of military assistance to non-state violent actors, the role of military training in sub-state conflict, and the civil-military relations of insurgent groups. His research has appeared in Security Studies and Political Science Research and Methods and has been supported by organizations including the Institute for Security and Conflict Studies at George Washington University, the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, and the Smith Richardson Foundation.

Worsnop holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he was a member of the Security Studies Program. Previously, he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the International Security Program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School.  He has also worked for a USAID implementing partner, conducting business development for assistance programs in Afghanistan and the Middle East.