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Welcome! My name is Lora DiBlasi and I am an instructor at James Madison College and a PhD Candidate in the Department of Political Science at Michigan State University.

My primary research agenda focuses on political violence and human rights. I seek to explain how leaders are able to employ alternative security apparatuses in order to achieve their political aims. In addition, I am interested in the intersection of secrecy and oversight within national security. Lastly, I also explore the role of women in terrorism and conflict.

In my dissertation, I explore pro-government militias (PGMs) and their repressive behaviors. More specifically, I examine how PGMs select the targets of their repressive actions. In addition, I analyze the variation in types and levels of violence against targets carried out by these groups. Lastly, I explore how leaders may utilize PGMs to prolong their tenure in office and maintain their political power. By examining these questions, I hope to shed light on how pro-government militias are utilized by leaders and affect human rights.