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Cassy Dorff

    Assistant Professor, Political Science

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Dr. Cassy Dorff has taught with the UNM Department of Political Science since 2016. Her research broadly centers around issues of political conflict, with primary areas of research including war-time victimization, civilian mobilization, crisis-reporting, political resilience, and network science. Currently, her focus is on understanding the role of civilians in armed conflict and creating new tools for network analysis in political science. Using Mexico as a case of interest, Dorff has authored and co-authored the following policy reports: “Criminal Networks and Human Security in Mexico” (2016), “The Mexican Criminal Conflict: The Government’s Response to an Evolving Crisis” (2016), and “Civilian Opinion and Nonviolent Resistance: Survey Evidence from Mexico” (2015), among other publications.


  • PhD in Political Science, Duke University (2015)
  • BA in Government, University of Texas (2010)

Research Areas

  • Civil Conflict and Political Violence
  • Civilian Agency
  • Criminal Conflicts
  • International Relations
  • Methodology
  • Network Science Approaches
  • Victimization

Country Specialization(s)

  • Mexico

Latin American Studies Courses

*Latin America-related courses offered during the past three years*

  • POLS 512 Civilians in Civil Conflict
  • POLS 441 Civil Wars
  • POLS 540 Pro-Sem in International Relations