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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.


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

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Projects 2019 2021

Research Output 2014 2019

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

Counter-terrorizing: The use of torture in Peru's counterterrorism campaign

Zech, S. T., 8 Mar 2017, In : Terrorism and Political Violence. 29, 2, p. 254-276

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Pro-Government Militias and the Philippines' Other Insurgency

Zech, S. T., 22 Aug 2017, Political Violence @ a Glance.

Research output: Other contributionOther

"Catch Your Thief": From Vigilantism to Vigilance in Lima's Southern Cone

Zech, S. T., 27 Sep 2016, University of Denver .

Research output: Other contributionOther

Decapitation, disruption, and unintended consequences in counterterrorism: Lessons from Islamist terror networks in Spain

Zech, S. T., 2 Apr 2016, In : Defense and Security Analysis. 32, 2, p. 177-191 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review