Liana Eustacia Reyes

E. John E Rosenwald, Jr. '52 TU'53 Postdoctoral Fellow

Liana Eustacia Reyes, JD, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of International Relations and the Founder and Director of the Law and Conflict research lab (LAC). Reyes brings her expertise in the scientific study of law, conflict, and governance to understand the determinants and consequences of conflict resolution. She engages in theoretically driven data collection efforts and multi-method analyses. Her research has been published in journals such as the International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Conflict Resolution, and ​Studies in Conflict and Terrorism

While at Dartmouth, Reyes will focus on her main research project: a book manuscript and stand-alone articles that provide an in-depth and systematic analysis of the causes and consequences of rebel law. Her research examines why and how rebel law varies across rebel groups, aligns with state and international laws, and impacts conflict resolution. To date, her research has been generously funded by the National Science Foundation, Rice University's Social Sciences Research Institute, the University of Pennsylvania's Office of the Vice Provost for Research, Purdue University, and the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University.   

Reyes holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Rice University, Master of Arts in Politics from New York University, and Master of Arts in Global Affairs and Juris Doctor from Florida International University. She also holds a certificate in Global Arbitration from the School of International Arbitration, Queen Mary University of London, and Mitchell Hamline School of Law. During the 2022-2023 AY, Reyes was a University of Pennsylvania Provost Postdoctoral Fellow and affiliated with the Department of Political Science and PDRI-Dev Lab.  During the 2021-2022 AY, she was the Predoctoral Fellow at the University of Arizona's School of Government and Public Policy. Additionally, she was a 2017-2018 APSA Minority Fellow and a former Visiting Research Fellow at National Defense University. Prior to academia, Reyes gained unique professional experiences that expand across industries: national security, intelligence and investigations, and law. She draws on these experiences, which includes fieldwork in Latin America, when examining political phenomena.  

Reyes's dissertation examines the effect formal legal institutions and preferences over those institutions have on civil war. She conducts several large-N empirical analyses testing hypotheses drawn from these arguments, and, in each case, finds significant support for her claims. 

While at Dartmouth, Reyes will focus on her main research project: a book manuscript and stand-alone articles that provide an in-depth and systematic analysis of the causes and consequences of rebel law. Her research examines why and how rebel law varies across rebel groups, aligns with state and international laws, and impacts conflict resolution. 

Education

  • B.A. University of West Florida
  • M.A. Florida International University
  • J.D. Florida International University
  • M.A. New York University
  • Ph.D. Rice University