Rebecca Best (she/her)

Rebecca Best
Chair, Associate Professor, and Study Abroad Coordinator
Humanities and Social Sciences

Contact Info
Cherry Hall 407
International Relations, Terrorism, Women in Conflict, Veterans’ Affairs


Dr. Rebecca Best joined the political science department at UMKC in the fall of 2012. Her current research focuses on the reintegration of female combatants, the effects of women in government on the prospects for peace resolutions of civil wars, the effects of insurgent fractionalization on bargaining between states and rebels, and the effects of terror watch lists.


Pol-Sci 230: Introduction to International Relations
Pol-Sci 316: Terrorism and Political Violence
Pol-Sci 367: International Political Economy
Pol-Sci 371: Women and Conflict
Pol-Sci 404: Conflict Resolution and Cooperation
Pol-Sci 452: Concepts in International Relations
Pol-Sci 5530: Seminar in International Relations

Academic Credentials

Ph.D., University of North Carolina, 2012
M.A., University of North Carolina, 2008
B.A., East Carolina University, 2006