Nandita Balakrishnan is a Pre-doctoral Fellow at CISAC. Her research focuses on issues pertaining to international security and political violence with a substantive focus on civil-military relations. She recently defended her PhD in Political Science at Stanford University where her dissertation is on the international and domestic factors that explain the global decline of military coups d’etat including changes to covert interventions during the Cold War and autocratic decision-making over exits from power. She has been a Satre Family Fellow (under the Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowship) since 2017. Her work has been previously supported by the Europe Center. Nandita holds Bachelors of Arts in both International Studies (highest honors) and Economics from Emory University and an MA in Political Science from Stanford University.