Matthew Adam Kocher,Ph.D., University of Chicago, 2004, is a lecturer in the Department of Political Science and the International Affairs Council at Yale University. His research is concerned with the causes and internal dynamics of civil wars and other violent social processes. Recent work by Dr. Kocher has appeared in World Politics, Politics and Society, the Journal of Peace Research, and Política y Gobierno. His University of Chicago dissertation Human Ecology and Civil War won the American Political Science Association’s (APSA) 2006 Gabriel A. Almond Award for the best dissertation in Comparative Politics. His 2007 World Politics article (with Stathis Kalyvas) “How ‘free’ is free riding in civil wars? Violence, insurgency, and the collective action problem,” was the co-winner of APSA’s 2009 Gregory M. Luebbert Award for the best professional article in comparative politics published in 2007 or 2008. His 2009 article (also with Stathis Kalyvas “Violence and control in Vietnam: an analysis of the Hamlet Evaluation System” won the Journal of Peace Research Article of the Year Award. Dr. Kocher has previously taught at CIDE (Mexico City), the University of Notre Dame, and the University of Chicago.