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Kerry Persen

Doctoral Fellow


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Kerry Ann Carter Persen is a summer 2017 doctoral fellow with the Religious Freedom Research Project. She is a Ph.D. candidate in political science at Stanford University interested in religious identity, countering violent extremism, and political violence in the Islamic world. Her dissertation examines obstacles to moderate mobilization against radical Islamist groups in Indonesia. In addition to the Religious Freedom Research Project fellowship, her research is supported by the National Science Foundation, the Global Religion Research Initiative, the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism, and the Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy. Prior to her graduate work at Stanford, she received her A.B. summa cum laude from Bowdoin College and spent a Fulbright year in Indonesia.