Siobhan O’Neil is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Los Angeles and a guest scholar at Georgetown University’s Center for Security Studies.
Her dissertation focuses on the conditions that lead states to negotiate with terrorists groups to end long-running conflicts. Concurrent with her graduate studies, she spent two years researching counterinsurgency transitions, insurgent motivations, and civil-military coordination during a domestic CBRNE attack for the RAND Corporation.
Prior to returning to graduate school, she served as the analyst for domestic security and intelligence at the Congressional Research Service (CRS) and spent five years working in homeland security at the state level in New York and New Jersey. She has an MA in Homeland Security and Defense from the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), an M.Litt. in International Security Studies from the University of St. Andrews, and a BA in Political Science and History from the College of the Holy Cross.