Jaclyn Johnson

  • Ph.D. Candidate
  • Teaching Assistant
  • Political Science
1606 Patterson Office Tower
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Research Interests:

B.A., University of Tennessee (2012)

M.A. University of Kentucky (2016) 



I am a PhD candidate in the Political Science Department at the University of Kentucky. My major field of study is International Relations with a minor in Comparative Politics. I am interested in civil military relations, civil conflict, and political violence. 

My dissertation explores military mutinies, an understudied topic of civil military relations. I am collecting new longitudinal data that will allow scholars to analyze the determinants and effects of military mutinies across cases, regions, and time. Why do military mutinies matter? Military mutinies are shaping civil conflict in the 21st century by redefining civil military relations and emboldening non-state actors. Mutinies include cases of combatant desertion, defection, and blatant disregard for explicit orders from the state (Rose 1982; Dwyer 2012). Mutinies play a major but understudied role in determining the onset of civil wars, the strength of non-state actors (e.g. terrorist networks or rebel groups) and the likelihood of military coups that inevitably reverse democratization. 

Beyond research, I have taught a number of undergraduate courses at UK including: PS 235 (Intro to World Politics), PS 101 (Intro to American Politics), PS 210 (Intro to Comparative Politics), and PS 372 (Intro to Political Analysis).

Please visit my website for more information on my research and/or teaching. 


Selected Publications: 

Johnson, Jaclyn and Clayton L. Thyne. 2016. “Squeaky Wheels and Troop Loyalty: How Domestic Protests Influence Coups d’état, 1952-2005.” Journal of Conflict Resolution, forthcoming. 

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