Megan Farrell is a PhD candidate in the Department of Government, concentrating on International Relations and Methods. Her dissertation focuses on alliances among political violence groups, specifically examining why smaller, lesser-known groups will align with a larger parent organization despite the risk of backlash associated with a heightened profile. Prior to UT-Austin, she received her B.A. in International Politics from Pennsylvania State University and her M.A. in Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh while working for the city’s office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security.