Anibal Serrano is a 2020-2021 American Political Science Association (APSA) Minority Fellow who graduated from California State University San Bernardino (CSUSB) with his M.A. in National Security Studies. While at CSUSB, he was also a 2018-2019 CSU Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholar. Before that, he earned his B.A. in Political Science with a minor in History from CSU Los Angeles. Anibal's research lies at the intersection of international relations and comparative politics, particularly political violence, peace, and security. As a 2019 visiting student at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), Anibal reviewed some of international relations' most dominant theories to examine how they understand and explain violent non-state actors (VNSAs). He also developed a categorization of VNSAs to further comprehend their nuances and complexities. Anibal looks forward to continuing his research on how nation-states understand and cope with violent non-state actors and their impacts on international, national, and human security. He has presented and published his work in various venues and hopes to become a faculty member. Anibal will begin his studies towards the Ph.D. in Political Science at UCI in Fall 2020.