About

Ilana is a third-year PhD student in the Department of Political Science. Her research fields are international relations and comparative politics with interests in international and comparative law, negotiations, non-state actors, international organizations, and post-conflict reconstruction. She recently completed an MA in Political Science when she passed her first PhD comprehensive exam. She also holds an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science (2012) and a BA from McGill University with majors in Political Science and Middle East Studies (2011). Before joining the department at Notre Dame, she worked as a compliance analyst in the legal and financial services industries where she focused on anti-money laundering and sanctions.

Current Research

My research areas are international relations and comparative politics with interests in international and comparative law, international organizations, negotiations, conflict, non-state actors, and post-conflict reconstruction. In particular, I am interested in understanding the process and outcomes of constitutional negotiations after conflict: under what conditions are boilerplate articles adjusted to fit local interests? Which actors' preferences are prioritized, particularly when international organizations are involved? Ultimately, does the involvement of third parties in the constitutional design process  contribute to a more durable peace?

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