At START headquarters from 2:30 to 3:30 pm on Thursday, June 22, START Research Director Amy Pate and Senior Researcher Barnett Koven will discuss their recent experiences conducting field research in Nigeria and South America. The event is free and open to the public, but an RSVP is appreciated.
Pate is the Research Director at START. She earned a Ph.D. in Government and Politics (Comparative Politics and International Relations) from the University of Maryland in 2007. Prior to joining START as a researcher in 2011, Pate was research director (2007-2011) and project coordinator (2003-2005, 2006-2007) of the Minorities at Risk Project, based in the Center for International Development and Conflict Management at the University of Maryland. Pate is a specialist in international relations and comparative politics, with particular foci on ethnic politics, democratization, political instability, terrorism, transnational organized crime, and counterinsurgency/counterterrorism.
Koven is a Senior Researcher at START. He is also an Affiliated Scholar at the Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy at Florida International University. Koven received his Ph.D., M.Phil. and M.A. in Political Science at the George Washington University, and a B.A. in International Affairs and Latin American and Hemispheric Studies. He also holds a Certificate in Conflict Analysis from the United States Institute of Peace and a Certificate in Advanced Security in the Field from the United Nations System Staff College.