Hello, I'm Megan.

Here is a bit about me...

I am a fourth-year Ph.D. Candidate in political science at Western University (London, Ontario, Canada). My research interests broadly include intrastate conflict and the politics of international state recognition. More specifically, I investigate the relationships between secessionist movements, state legitimacy, and international recognition. My dissertation research seeks to develop a more comprehensive understanding and measure of the external legitimacy of de facto states. This research is supported by an Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS).

I am the Editorial Assistant for the new English-language editorial team of the Canadian Journal of Political Science/ Revue canadienne de science politique.  I am also a Research Associate within the Informality Research Lab, a SSHRC-funded project on informality in global governance led by Dr. Thomas Tieku at King's University College.

I also have experience as a teaching assistant in areas related to international relations, international development, and introduction to politics.

Please use the links at the top of the page to access more information about my research and teaching, as well as a complete curriculum vitae. You can reach me by email at mpayler@uwo.ca or on Twitter.