Margaret Avera is a PhD candidate at the University of New Mexico, having received her M.A. in 2021. Her primary field is international relations, and her secondary field is comparative politics. Margaret is a graduate of Emory University's class of 2017, where she received her B.A. with honors majoring in Political Science and minoring in English. Her research focuses on conflict, violence against civilians, as well as sexual and gender-based violence. Ms. Avera's research methods are quantitative, and she is currently developing text-as-data methods for data collection and analysis.