Cassy Dorff received her PhD in Political Science from Duke University in Spring of 2015 and is currently a post-doctoral research fellow at the Josef Korbel School for International Security and Diplomacy at the University of Denver. Her research investigates the causes, consequences and evolution of political conflict, with an emphasis on civilian agency in violent settings. Dr. Dorff’s current projects employ a variety of methodological approaches, including surveys and network analysis, to understand the ways in which civilians influence the evolution of political conflicts. Her dissertation analyzed civilian resilience and resistance in the case of the Mexican Criminal Conflict. Outside of academia, she is also a co-founder of the southern based non-profit, QORDS which serves LGBTQIA youth through summer camps and community engagement initiatives. She’s a big fan of horses, poetry, and film and spends most of her free time wandering around outdoors.