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Isabel Jones Reflects on Presenting at University of St. Andrew's Graduate Conference

Isabel Jones presenting at conference

In early March, Isabel Jones presented her paper "Come for the Guns, Stay for the Kittens: The Importance of Female Extremist Recruitment" at the University of St. Andrew's Handa Center for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence Graduate Conference. Here is her experience at the conference:

"The University of St. Andrew’s Handa Center for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence Graduate Conference was a terrifying yet incredibly gratifying experience. While the “Beast from the East” snowstorm struck on the eve of the conference, rendering over half of the presenters stranded at various airports across Europe, I nevertheless gained a remarkable amount of knowledge and insight and got to meet fascinating academics and leaders in the field of terrorism studies. The presenters who beat the storm came from as far as Australia and were mostly PhD candidates exploring fascinating topics, from the effects of the demobilization of FARC militias in Colombia to the creation of identity among returned foreign fighters. My own paper, “Come for the Guns, Stay for the Kittens: The Importance of Female Extremist Recruitment” focused on methods of female recruitment into extremist organizations and the sociopolitical trends that influence them. I received extremely helpful feedback and insights, regarding both my research and the world of academia, and returned to Miami more inspired than ever to continue my research and advanced education." - Isabel Jones