Welcome to my website!

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I am a Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science at Western University (London, Ontario, Canada). My research interests broadly include informality in international relations, intrastate conflict, ethnic separatists, conflict management and legitimacy. More specifically, I investigate the relationships between de facto state legitimacy, nation-building and state stability, and international interactions. My dissertation research seeks to develop a more comprehensive understanding of the external legitimacy of de facto states and the actions they take to survive.

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 the instructor of record and teaching assistant in areas related to international relations, international development, and secession and ethnic conflict.

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.