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Dr. Steven Zech is a Lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Relations at Monash University. He serves as Deputy Director for the Master of International Relations program and specializes in international relations, comparative politics, and research methodology. His general research interests include political violence and terrorism, non-state actors, human rights, social identity, and network analysis.

Dr. Zech has worked as a researcher on collaborative projects related to nonviolent political change, global transnational terrorism, ethnic conflict, and militant violence in Iraq. He was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver between 2014 and 2016. In that position he conducted research for projects on "nonviolent action in violent settings." His dissertation and current book project, “Between Two Fires: Civilian Resistance during Internal Armed Conflict,” examines the origins and evolution of civilian self-defense forces in Peru and elsewhere. He carried out extensive fieldwork in the Ayacucho and Junín regions of Peru between 2011 and 2017. Dr. Zech has published numerous academic journal articles on terrorism and political violence, counterinsurgency, torture, and network analysis. His most recent work has taken him to the Philippines to investigate particiaption in pro-governement militias through surveys, focus groups, and individual interviews.

Research area keywords

  • International Relations
  • Terrorism
  • Human Rights
  • Network Analysis
  • Latin American Politics
  • Social Identity

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Research Output

  • 13 Other contribution
  • 7 Article
  • 1 Chapter (Book)

COVID-19 in everyday spaces: Social and political considerations

Bonotti, M., Borghini, A., Piras, N., Serini, B. & Zech, S., 17 Jun 2020, 1 p. Melbourne, VIC, Australia : ABC Religion & Ethics.

Research output: Other contributionOther

Open Access

Recovering civility amid the COVID-19 crisis

Bonotti, M. & Zech, S., 26 Mar 2020, 4 p. Melbourne Vic Australia : ABC Religion & Ethics.

Research output: Other contributionOther

Active Learning in Large Graduate Classes: Reflections on an “Attaining Citizenship” Simulation

Deejay, A. X., Rublee, M. R. & Zech, S. T., 2019, In : Journal of Political Science Education. 15, 1, p. 120-132 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Joining the Counterinsurgency: Explaining Pro-Government Militia Participation in the Philippines

Eastin, J. & Zech, S. T., 16 Nov 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Studies in Conflict and Terrorism. 25 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Staging Peace: Community Organizations, Theatrical Performance, and Violent Conflict in Peru

Zech, S., 2019, Civil Action and the Dynamics of Violence. Avant, D., Berry, M. E., Chenoweth, E., Epstein, R. & Hendrix, C. (eds.). Oxford UK: Oxford University Press, p. 64-88 25 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review




  • 1 Public lecture/debate/seminar

Workshop: Theorising Civility

Elizabeth Coleman (Contributor), , Matteo Bonotti (Producer), & Steven Zech (Producer)

9 Dec 2019

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic lecture/debate/seminar