Selected Academic Publications

Jason Warner, Ellen Chapin & Hilary Matfess (2018) Suicide Squads: The Logic of Linked Suicide Bombings, Security Studies, DOI: 10.1080/09636412.2018.1508632.

Valerie M. Hudson and Hilary Matfess, "In Plain Sight: The Neglected Linkage between Brideprice and Violent Conflict," International Security, Vol. 42, No. 1 (Summer 2017), pp. 7–40.

Jason Warner and Hilary Matfess, "Exploding Stereotypes: The Unexpected Operational and Demographic Characteristics of Boko Haram’s Suicide Bombers," West Point Combatting Terrorism Center. (August 2017).

"Conflict Analysis of Northeast Nigeria: Biu, Bursari, Gombi, Hawul, Hong, Jakusko, Jere and Kaga Local Government Areas," For USAID Feed the Future​, (September 2017) with Chitra Nagarajan.

Matfess, H., (2016). Institutionalizing Instability: The Constitutional Roots of Insecurity in Nigeria’s Fourth Republic. Stability: International Journal of Security and Development. 5(1), p.13. DOI:

"The March Is Not Linear: Big Party Politics and the Decline of Democracy Worldwide" with Francis Fukuyama in "Beyond Convergence: A World Without Order." CCO (2016). Available here.

Women as Symbols and Swords in Boko Haram’s Terror" with Mia Bloom. PRISM. 6.1(2016). Available here.

“Rwanda and Ethiopia: Developmental Authoritarianism and the New Politics of African Strong Men.” African Studies Review 58.2 (2015): 181-204.

"Ethiopia: Counter-Terrorism Legislation in Sub-Saharan Africa." Small Wars Journal. April 11, 2017.