Rachel Tecott

Adjunct Fellow, Defense Program

PhD Candidate in Political Science, MIT

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Rachel Tecott is a PhD Candidate in Political Science at MIT, a member of MIT’s Security Studies Program, and a 2020-2021 Predoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Security and Conflict Studies at George Washington University's Elliot School of International Affairs. Rachel's current book project examines U.S. efforts to build militaries in partner states, and focuses in particular on the evolution of the U.S. Army’s efforts to teach, persuade, coerce, and command reticent partner leaders to build militaries that can fight. As an adjunct researcher for RAND Corporation, Rachel has helped to inform U.S. security cooperation and security force assistance efforts around the world. More broadly, Rachel studies alliance politics, decision-making in conflict, and military operations. Her work defining the method of campaign analysis for the study of military operations is forthcoming in International Security. Before MIT, Rachel worked in political risk consulting and studied nuclear proliferation. She holds a BA from Wesleyan University, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa.

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