Danielle Gilbert

2022-23 Postdoctoral Fellow

Danielle Gilbert is an Assistant Professor of Military & Strategic Studies at the United States Air Force Academy. Her research explores the causes and consequences of hostage taking in international security, including projects on rebel kidnapping, hostage recovery policy, hostage diplomacy, and ransomware. Her current book project examines why and how armed groups kidnap during civil war. It is based on her PhD dissertation, which received the American Political Science Association's 2021 Merze Tate Award for the Best Dissertation in International Relations, Law, and Politics. Danielle's research has been supported by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the United States Institute of Peace and the Minerva Research Initiative, the Smith Richardson Foundation, and the Cosmos Club Foundation. Her writing is published in the American Political Science Review, the Texas National Security ReviewTerrorism and Political Violence, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, the Journal of Political Science Education, LawfareWar on the Rocks, and The Washington Post.  

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Education

  • B.A. Yale University
  • M.Sc. London School of Economics
  • M.A. George Washington University
  • Ph.D. George Washington University