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I am a political scientist studying development, conflict, and terrorism in Africa. I teach at the University of Maryland, where I am also the Director of the program in International Development and Conflict Management (IDCM) and a Research Affiliate at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START).




  • Political Economy of Development
  • Ethnic and Religious Conflict
  • Informal Institutions
  • Violent Extremism and Terrorism
  • Political Borders
  • Experiments in the Social Sciences
  • Research Design and Causal Inference
Ph.D. in Political Science
University of California, Los Angeles
M.A. in International Relations
Yale University
B.A. in Economics
College of William & Mary
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mccauley [at] umd [dot] edu
Department of Government and Politics
3140 Tydings Hall, 7343 Preinkert Dr
University of Maryland
College Park MD 20742
Phone: 301.405.6354
Office: 2117E Chincoteague Hall
Office Hours: by appt


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