Dr. Jeremy Speight is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. During the Visiting Fellowship, Dr. Speight will be hosted by the Department of Politics, History and International Relations at Loughborough University. While at Loughborough, Dr. Speight will be collaborating with Dr. Giulia Piccolino in the Department of Politics, History and International Relations.
Dr. Speight and Dr. Piccolino will be working on a collaborative project (along with Philip Martin, MIT) that examines differences in the post-conflict institutionalization of wartime rebel governance and authority. The country focus of this research is Côte d’Ivoire, where former rebels have played varied post-conflict roles in the communities they governed during the country's armed conflict (2002-2011). Explanations of these differences have significant implications for understanding other aspects of post-conflict politics in Côte d’Ivoire and elsewhere, including the use of political violence, democratization and state-building.