Mara Revkin is a Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science at Yale University, where her research focuses on governance and lawmaking by armed groups. Her dissertation examines the state-building project (and eventual state failure) of the Islamic State (IS) through multi-method data collection and analysis of archival documents, social media data, surveys, and interviews conducted during extensive fieldwork in Turkey and Iraq. Mara holds a J.D. from Yale Law School and is also working on projects concerning the legal status of civilians who have lived in areas controlled and governed by terrorist groups.