Anita Ravishankar is a PhD student in World Politics and Public Policy at the University of Michigan, where she studies the costs of political violence, particularly with respect to civilians’ trust in state institutions. Her research explores how variation in the type of violence, level of exposure to violence, and proportionality of state/challenger interactions shape both civilians' attitudes toward the state and their political behavior. She is also interested in understanding how these factors affect the long-term legitimacy of the state. Before coming to Michigan, Anita worked at CNA, a research institute in Arlington, VA, where she conducted research, program evaluation, and policy and strategy development in support of national preparedness, emergency management, and homeland security initiatives. She holds a B.S. in Science, Technology, and International Security from Georgetown University.