Regina Bateson, assistant professor of political science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, studies comparative politics, with interests in crime, violence, civil wars, policing, and informal institutions. A current project draws on research in Guatemala to explore the ways that ordinary people understand and provide for their own security while another investigates how violence and trauma affect political behavior. The recipient of the American Political Science Association’s Gabriel A. Almond Award for the best dissertation in comparative politics and the Heinz I. Eulau Award for the best article published in the American Political Science Review, she holds a PhD from Yale University.