Alec Worsnop is an assistant professor in the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, College Park and a non-resident fellow in the Modern War Institute at West Point.
Dr. Worsnop studies issues at the intersection of international relations and comparative politics including civil war, military effectiveness, civil-military relations, and institutional development in conflict or post-conflict environments. His book project investigates the determinants of insurgent military effectiveness and employs a mixed methods approach, which, drawing upon extensive archival materials, includes an in-depth examination of 25 organizations in Iraq (2003-present) and Vietnam (1945-1975). His research has been supported by organizations such as the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School, the Institute for Security and Conflict Studies at George Washington University, the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, the Smith Richardson Foundation and the Tobin Project.
Dr. Worsnop holds a Ph.D. in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he was an affiliate of the Security Studies Program and a B.A. in government from Colby College where he graduated summa cum laude. Previously, he worked for a USAID implementing partner, conducting business development for assistance programs in Afghanistan and the Middle East.