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Dr. Rachel Yon

Associate Professor

CTC

rachel.yon@westpoint.edu

Biography


Dr. Rachel Yon is an Associate Professor in the Department of Social Sciences and Executive Officer in the Combating Terrorism Center at the United States Military Academy where she currently runs the Center’s multi-million dollar budget and teaches classes in the Combating Terrorism Center’s Terrorism Minor and the American Politics stem of the Department of Social Sciences. She completed a J.D. at the Fredric G. Levin College of Law at the University of Florida in 2004 with a specialization in Family Law and was admitted to the Florida Bar that same year. With research concentrations in the fields of Public Policy, American Government, and Methodology, she completed her Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Florida in the summer of 2015. Her dissertation research focused on the public policy making process and legislation that has been passed on the juvenile justice system and disproportionate female and minority contact. She is a published author with current research interests in diversity and inclusion studies, race, gender, and sexuality and the American sociopolitical sphere, women’s roles in terrorist organizations, and the impact that differential treatment (with regard to race, gender, and sexuality) has on the outcome of judicial sentences.

Ongoing Research Projects


Currently working in the areas of gender and terrorism and the importance of messaging when it comes to the impact of violent extremist organizations on different populations, messaging as it relates to foreign enemies of the United States, and how messaging can help the people of the United States understand the role that diversity can play in a positive and successful future.

Publications & Presentations


Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles
Yon, R. and Milton, D. (2021). “Examining the Outcome of Investigations and Prosecutions of Extremism in the United States.” Studies in Conflict & Terrorism. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1080/1057610X.2021.1987659. Forthcoming in print.

Yon, R. and Milton, D. (2019). “Simply Small Men? Examining Differences between Females and Males Radicalized in the United States.” Women & Criminal Justice, 29(4-5): 188-203. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/08974454.2018.1543067

Austin, Sharon D., Middleton, Richard T. and Yon, R. (2012). The Effect of Racial Group Consciousness on the Political Participation of African Americans and Black Pan-Ethnics in Miami-Dade County, Florida. Political Research Quarterly, 65(3): 631-643. http://ssrn.com/abstract=1605005

Salekin, R. T., Yff, R. M. A., Neumann, C. S., Leistico, A-M., & Zalot, A. A. (2002). “Juvenile transfer to adult court: A look at the prototypes for dangerousness, sophistication-maturity, and amenability to treatment through a legal lens.” Psychology, Public Policy, and Law 8, 373-410. https://psycnet.apa.org/doi/10.1037/1076-8971.8.4.373

Book Chapters

Yon, R. "ISIS: The Use of Propagandist and Social Media." The New Islamic State: Ideology, Religion, and Violent Extremism in the 21st Century, eds. Jack Covarruhias, Tom Lansford, and Robert J. Pauly, Jr. (New York, NY: Routledge Press, 2016, pp. 43-60). https://www.routledge.com/The-New-Islamic-State-Ideology-Religion-and-Violent-Extremism-in-the-21st/Covarrubias-Lansford/p/book/9781472465870 

Yon, R. “The Declining Significance of Race: Adrian Fenty and the Smooth Electoral Transition.” In Whose Black Politics? Cases in Post-Racial Black Leadership, ed. Andra Gillespie (New York, NY: Routledge Press, 2010, pp. 195-213). https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/edit/10.4324/9780203893722/whose-black-politics-andra-gillespie

Conference Panelist/Invited Speaker

Yon, R, (2021). “What is the impact on Diversity & Inclusion in SOF regarding mission success?” Joint Special Operations University Future of Special Operations Forces Forum “Exploring the SOF Identity.” Virtual.

Conference Papers Delivered

Yon, R. (2023). "Democratic Ideals Undermined: A Comparison of the Ban on Transgender Soldiers with the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Policy." Southern Political Sciences Association Conference. St. Pete Beach, FL. 

Yon, R. (2023). "A Theory to Help Us All: How CRT Could Help the United States Win the Hearts and Minds of our Enemies." Southern Political Sciences Association Conference. St. Pete Beach, FL.

Yon, R. (2020). “Gender Disparities in the Juvenile Justice System: A Consideration of the Laws and Policies in Seven States.” Southern Political Science Association Conference. San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Yon, R. (2020). “How Does Gender Affect the Disposition of U.S. Terrorism Investigations?” Southern Political Science Association Conference. San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Yon R. (2018). “Lip Service for Girls: Policy Implementation and Evaluation in the Juvenile Justice System.” 2018 HUIC Arts, Humanities, Social Science, and Education Conference. Honolulu, HI.

Yon, R. (2017). “Lip Service for Girls: Policy Implementation and Evaluation in the Juvenile Justice System.” Midwest Political Science Association Conference.  Chicago, IL. 

Yon, R. (2012). “’Lip Service for Girls:’ Multiple Streams and the Juvenile Justice System.” 2012 Southern Political Science Association Annual Meeting. New Orleans, Louisiana.

Yon, R. (2010). "The Declining Significance of Race: Adrian Fenty and the Smooth Electoral Transition." 'New' Black Politics Revisited: Deracialization and 'Post-Racial' Black Leadership panel by the Committee on the Status of Blacks in the Profession. 2010 American Political Science Association Annual Meeting. Washington, D.C.

Yon, R. (2010). “Discrimination in Florida’s Juvenile Justice System: Gender and Racial Concerns.” 2010 New England Political Science Association Conference, Newport, Rhode Island.

Yon, R. (2008). “Discrimination of Female Juvenile Delinquents: A Consideration of the Police and Court Processing Practices in the State of Florida.” 2008 Southern Political Science Association Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana. 

Conference Discussant/Chair

Yon, R. (2023). Chair. Race and Ethnic Politics in the Comparative Context. Southern Political Sciences Association Conference. St. Pete Beach, FL. 

Yon, R. (2017). Discussant. Race and Public Policy Session. Midwest Political Science Association Conference. Chicago, IL.

Yon, R. (2016). Moderator. Panel: “Aspects of Counter Terrorism.” Combating Terrorism Center’s 4th Annual Cadet/Student Conference on Terrorism, Insurgency, and Asymmetric Conflicts. West Point, NY.

Yon, R. (2011). Moderator. Panel: “Domestic Violence and the Military Family.” 2011 West Point Center for the Rule of Law Spring Conference – “Gender Justice: Toward Achieving Equality.” West Point, NY. 

Yon, R. (2007). Discussant, Panel C1: American Government; Understanding Domestic Politics. 15th Annual Illinois State Conference for Students of Political Science, Normal, Illinois.

Other Publications

Forester, B., Sondheimer, R., and Yon, R. (2013). Congress’s sexual assault proposals are the latest development in a long line of civilian intervention in military justice. The London School of Economics and Political Science USAPP blog. Available at: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/usappblog/2013/12/05/military-justice-improvement-act/ 

Yon, R. and Evans, D. (2012). The Role of Small and Medium Enterprises in Frontier Capital Markets Part 5: Examples of African Business Incubators. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.13140/RG.2.2.22688.51202

Yon, R. and Evans, D. (2011). The Role of Small and Medium Enterprises in Frontier Capital Markets Part 4: Business Incubators. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.13140/RG.2.2.15977.62568 

Yon, R and Evans, D. (2011). The Role of Small and Medium Enterprises in Frontier Capital Markets Part 3: Types of Private Equity. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.13140/RG.2.2.32754.84166 

Yon, R and Evans, D. (2011). The Role of Small and Medium Enterprises in Frontier Capital Markets Part 2: Financing Challenges. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.13140/RG.2.2.19333.06885 

Yon, R and Evans, D. (2011). The Role of Small and Medium Enterprises in Frontier Capital Markets Part 1: What Defines a Small and Medium Enterprise? Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.13140/RG.2.2.34432.56324