Patricia Blocksome is a Ph.D. Candidate in Security Studies at Kansas State University. Her research interests lie within the field of sub-state politicized violence, focusing on the causes and evolution of use of violence by non-state actors. She is an associate of the ADT Project, which conducts research on more effective strategies for military-led stability and development missions. As the 2012 Scholar of the Arthur D. Simons Center for Interagency Cooperation, she studied the effects of internal security forces and security force assistance on sub-state violence.