A new research study finds that the majority of suicide bombers used by terror group Boko Haram to kill innocent victims are women and children. The results were published in a new paper by researchers at the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point. Jackson MA student Ellen Chapin assisted with fact-checking, analysis and editing of the paper as part of her internship with the center this summer.

Chapin, a second-year graduate student at the Jackson Institute, also serves as executive director of the Yale Journal of International Affairs. Her internship was supported by the Harold W. Rosenthal Fellowship in International Relations — a highly competitive award given to only 30 students nationwide, based on their dedication to public service, excellence in the field of international relations.

The paper, titled “Exploding Stereotypes: The Unexpected Operational and Demographic Characteristics of Boko Haram’s Suicide Bombers,” was published Aug. 9, 2017.

The research was recently cited by CNN. The story includes commentary by the study’s authors as well as Chapin.

Read more about Chapin’s experience on the Jackson student blog.