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Clayton Besaw is a Ph.D. Student in Security Studies. His main body of research is the application of variables found within political psychology (beliefs, personality, and emotions) to questions concerning organized political violence (State and Non-State). He is also interested in the role of the “leader” as a predictor variable in examining the behavior of both state and non-state actors. His methodological interests include the use of experiments, computational methods (data mining and event data), and quantitative modeling.

Political Psychology, Political Violence, Contentious Politics, Organizational Behavior, Computational Research Methods, Experiments, Quantitative Research Design.

From Coast to Mountains

December 11, 2017 Clayton Besaw, a PhD candidate in the Security Studies Program, is starting a full-time position as a Political Event Forecaster in One Earth Future based in Denver in few days. Clayton is als... Read more

Security Studies Students Impress at CENTCOM

Several students and faculty from the UCF Security Studies Ph.D. program visited the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) in Tampa to present their research on August 11, 2016. CENTCOM personnel expressed interest in... Read more

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