GRADUATE STUDENT | KEREN FRAIMAN
Keren Fraiman is a PhD candidate in the Political Science Department and a member of the Security Studies Program at MIT. Her dissertation entitled: "Not in Your Backyard: Coercion, Base States, and Violent Non-State Actors," focuses on the efficacy of coercion in inducing states to contain violent non-state actors that reside within them. Her main interests include International Relations, security studies, coercion, and nationalism, with a regional focus on the Middle East. Keren is currently a researcher with the Chicago Project on Security and Terrorism and was previously affiliated with the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University. Prior to returning to her studies, she worked as a management consultant in the Chicago office of the Boston Consulting Group. From 1996-1998, she also served as an officer in the Israeli Defense Forces. Keren received her A.B. with honors in Political Science and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from the University of Chicago in 2002.