Nazia Hussain is a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)-UNU Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the UNU Centre for Policy Research. Her research focuses primarily on intersections of political violence, informality, organized crime, and terrorism within the context of cities. She is interested in studying how violence, organized crime, and informality are linked to political order(s) in cities and how they exist in relation to formal actors and institutions; and in ways these political processes are contributing to local, regional, and international dynamics and are being shaped by them in turn. She holds a PhD in Public Policy from the Schar School of Public Policy at George Mason University where she also researched at the Terrorism, Transnational Crime, and Corruption Center (TraCCC). She held a Fulbright Scholarship for the duration of her Master’s in International Relations from Boston University.