PhD Student, Political Science

Stanford University


I'm Emily Russell, a PhD student in Political Science at Stanford University. I am a Knight-Hennessy Scholar and NSF Graduate Fellow. In my research, I examine state security forces as long-run, dynamic organizations and actors of political violence. I also examine actors organizing outside of, and in opposition to, the state apparatus across post-colonial territories.

My civic and political engagement centers around a normative interest in eradicating systems of state violence, including a global transition from militarization and the state's monopolized use of force to the prioritization of nonviolent, disarmed systems of human security. I am interested in how groups organize for their own protection outside of the state, including autonomous and anarchist groups. 

Outside of academia, I write for non-academics as a political playwright and through public journals. I believe the theatre is an essential place to participate in storytelling and examine politics. I have had numerous plays staged and received a Hopwood Award for dramatic writing. I aim to use creative arts interventions to achieve political goals. As a Kathryn Davis Projects for Peace fellow, I co-founded Playwriting for Peace as an applied theatre initiative in post-conflict Kosovo.

All views expressed are personal and not those of my affiliations.