Dr. Brian J. Phillips is a Reader (Associate Professor) in the Department of Government at the University of Essex in the UK. He is also an affiliated professor at the Center for Research and Teaching in Economics (CIDE) in Mexico City. He researches terrorism, civil conflict, organized crime, and related topics. He has published research on the U.S. Foreign Terrorist Organization list (2019), and wrote a co-authored article analyzing which types of groups end up on various countries’ terrorist lists (2021). This year, his co-authored book “Insurgent Terrorism: Intergroup Relationships and the Killing of Civilians” was published by Oxford University Press. Before starting his academic career, Dr. Phillips was enlisted for four years in the U.S. Marines.