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Travis Curtice, PhD, Assistant Professor of Politics, Drexel University

Travis B. Curtice, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Politics
Office: 3025 MacAlister Hall

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  • PhD, Political Science, Emory University, 2020
  • MA, Political Science, University of Arkansas, 2012
  • BA, International Studies, Missouri Southern State University, 2009

Curriculum Vitae:

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Research Interests:

  • Policing
  • Conflict
  • Political Economy of Crime
  • Authoritarian Politics
  • Research Methods


Travis Curtice is an Assistant Professor of Politics at Drexel University and a faculty affiliate at Drexel University's Center for Public Policy. He serves on the executive board for APSA's African Politics Conference Group, as Communications Chair.

From 2020-2021, he was a Dickey Center U.S. Foreign Policy and International Security Postdoctoral Fellow and Niehaus Postdoctoral Fellow at Dartmouth College. He was a 2019-2020 Peace Scholar Predoctoral Fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace and a 2017-2018 Predoctoral Fellow at the Institute of Developing Nations and the Carter Center. He completed his PhD in Political Science at Emory University in 2020, winning the 2019-2020 Pursuit of Excellence in Political Science Award.

Professor Curtice’s research is motivated by the following questions. How does state repression work on the ground? What kinds of dilemmas emerge for governments, agents of repression, and citizens who interact with coercive institutions? What are the larger forces influencing the use of state repression? In answering these questions, his work examines the use of police to repress citizens in authoritarian regimes and unconsolidated democracies and the effects of repression on the provision of law and order. He uses diverse methods including survey experiments, field research, qualitative interviews, and cross-national comparisons.

Professor Curtice is currently working on a book manuscript entitled The Repression Dilemma: The Politics of Policing in Multi-ethnic Societies. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in International Security, The Journal of Peace Research, The Journal of Conflict Resolution, Conflict Management and Peace Science, The Journal of Global Security Studies, Social Science and Medicine, Political Violence at a Glance, and The Washington Post. His research has received funding from the Folke Bernadotte Academy, the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), the U.S. Institute of Peace, the Carter Center, the Institute for Developing Nations, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation PhD Interventions Project.

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