Brenna L. Bridwell


Political Science

Research Interests

International Conflict
International Negotiations

Publications and Awards

“Illegitimate Legitimacy: The Role of Negotiations on Terrorist Groups’ Legitimacy,” presented at the ISSS-ISAC Conference, Washington DC, 2013

“Reification, or How I Learned to Love the Bomber: An Analysis of Media Framing of Female Suicide Bombers,” presented at the Northeast Political Science Association Conference, Philadelphia, 2011.

“Anocratic Allies: Regime Type and Alliance Reliability,” presented at the International Studies Association – Northeast Conference, Baltimore, MD, 2009.

“Omnibalancing in Bahrain,” presented to at the International Studies Association-Northeast Conference, Baltimore, MD, 2008.

Summer Research Fellowship – University of Connecticut, 2011 & 2012
Teaching Assistantship – University of Connecticut, 2007-2012
Predoctoral Fellowship – University of Connecticut, 2007-2008


Legitimate Illegitimacy: Measuring Terrorists’ Legitimacy during and after Negotiations


Ph.D., Political Science, 2014
Specializations: International Conflict, Terrorism, Negotiations, Hydropolitics, Discourse Analysis, American Foreign Policy

MA, Diplomacy & International Relations, Seton Hall University, 2007
Specializations: International Organizations, Middle Eastern Politics

B.A., History, Political Science, Sacred Heart University, 2005

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