Niels H. Appeldorn

PhD Candidate in Political Science at Texas A&M University

I am a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at Texas A&M University. My research focuses on international relations, political economy, and political conflict. More broadly, I am interested in the intersection of political economy, specifically the study of governance and institutions, and political conflict, with a focus on intra-state conflict and social movements.

In my dissertation, I examine the question of what determines rebels institutional choices of rebel governance. I argue that rebels’ institutional choices are affected by the competitive environment in which they find themselves. Each competitive environment produces unique pressures on rebel groups which establish particular governance to combat these pressures and ensure the group’s short-term survival.

In Summer 2021, I was a TAMU College of Liberal Arts Summer Dissertation Fellow. Prior to my doctoral studies at Texas A&M University, I received a M.A. in Political Science from McGill University in Montreal, Canada and a B.A. in International Relations from University of Erfurt in Germany. I spent part of my undergraduate studies as a degree-seeking international student at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas.