Christian Davenport is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan as well as a Faculty Associate at the Center for Political Studies. Primary research interests include political conflict (e.g., human rights violations, genocide/politicide, torture, political surveillance, civil war and social movements), measurement, racism and popular culture. He is the author of seven books: most recently The Peace Continuum: What it is & How to Study it with Erik Melander and Patrick Regan (Oxford University Press, forthcoming), Ethnic Politics and Conflict/Violence: State of the Field and New Directions with Erika Forsberg & Johanna Birnir (Taylor and Francis, forthcoming), and How Social Movements Die: Repression and Demobilization of the Republic of New Africa (Cambridge University Press). Others books are underway: Understanding Untouchability (with Martin Macwan and David Armstrong); Stopping State Repression (with Benjamin Appel); and In Search of a Number: Rethinking Rwanda, 1994 (with Allan Stam). He has also written dozens of articles (e.g., in the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science and the American Sociological Review) and is the recipient of numerous awards (including 10 from the National Science Foundation and was a Residential Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University). Christian is also engaged in various data collection efforts, developing crowd-sourcing data collection programs and co-organizing workshops/conferences/webportals facilitating the development of conflict/peace studies. For more information, please refer to the following webpage: www.christiandavenport.com.
Yuri M. Zhukov is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan. Yuri's research focuses on the causes, dynamics and outcomes of conflict, at the international and local levels. His methodological areas of interest include spatial statistics, mathematical/computational modeling and text analysis. Yuri holds degrees from Harvard University (Ph.D.), the Graduate School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University (M.A.) and Brown University (A.B.). His research has been published or is forthcoming in American Political Science Review, Foreign Affairs, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Peace Research, Political Geography, World Politics and several edited volumes and general-audience publications.
Megan Ryan is a second year PhD student in Comparative Politics at the University of Michigan. Her research interests include ethnic politics, civil military relations, and political accountability in developing democracies. She is particularly interested in the colonial origins of the politicization of ethnoreligious identity and the role of the state in shaping interethnic relations over time. She has a methodological interest in field experiments and a regional focus on Southeast Asia, specifically Indonesia and Myanmar. Before coming to Michigan, Megan completed a master’s degree in Southeast Asian Studies and worked on a variety of research projects at the intersection of conflict and development with the Asia Foundation and as a Fulbright Scholar in Indonesia. As a Foreign Affairs Officer at the U.S. State Department from 2014 – 2016, she provided conflict analysis and policy recommendations on U.S. foreign policy on Myanmar. She speaks Spanish and Bahasa Indonesian.
Rebecca Savelsberg is a PhD student in Political Science at the University of Michigan. She is interested in causes and deterrents of conflict recurrence, peacebuilding in post-conflict environments, and the long-term impact of violence on political processes. Her methodological areas of interest include causal inference and field experiments. Before coming to Michigan, Rebecca spent time in Morocco and Benin researching and working in development aid, as well as teaching English in Turkey as a Fulbright scholar. She received a B.A. in International Relations from NYU in 2014. You can reach her at email@example.com.
Corina Simonelli is a PhD student in Political Science at the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on the dynamics of armed conflict, post conflict economic development, and third party intervention in conflict termination and recurrence. Corina was previously the Program Manager of the Project on Violent Conflict where she oversaw data collection on the organizational characteristics and networks of violent non-state actors. She also worked for the Global Terrorism Database (GTD) on documenting terrorist attacks. She holds a BA in Political Science from the University at Albany. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Faculty Participants from the University of Michigan, Political Science
Mark Dincecco is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science, and Faculty Affiliate for the Program in International and Comparative Studies. His current research analyzes the relationships between military conflicts, state formation and capacity, and long-run political and economic development. He is the author of three books and numerous journal articles. His first book is Political Transformations and Public Finances: Europe, 1650-1913 (Cambridge University Press, 2011). His second is State Capacity and Economic Development: Present and Past (Cambridge University Press, 2017). His third is From Warfare to Wealth: The Military Origins of Urban Prosperity in Europe (Cambridge University Press, 2017; coauthored). In 2016-17, he was the Edward Teller National Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.
Christopher Farris will join the political science department at the University of Michigan in August 2016. In June 2013, Christopher graduated with a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, San Diego. He also studied at the University of North Texas, where he graduated with an M.S. in political science (2007), a B.F.A in drawing and painting (2005), and a B.A. in political science (2005). Christopher's core research interest is in the politics of human rights, violence, and repression. He uses computational methods to understand why governments around the world choose to torture, maim, and kill individuals within their jurisdiction. Other projects cover a broad array of themes, ranging from foreign aid to American voting behavior, but share a focus on computationally intensive methods and research design. These methodological tools, essential for analyzing "big data", open up new insights into the micro-foundations of state repression. Below you will find links to his publications (which have appeared in diverse venues like Science and the American Political Science Review), working papers, coauthors' webpages, a Dataverse archive where you can access replication data and a link to Human Rights Scores generated from two measurement projects with Keith Schnakenberg.
Brian Min is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan. He studies the political economy of development with an emphasis on distributive politics, public goods provision, and ethnic conflict. His current research uses satellite imagery of nighttime lights and other geo-coded data to show how the distribution of electricity is shaped by electoral politics across the developing world. He has also conducted research on ethnic politics and conflict, including the construction of the Ethnic Power Relations (EPR) dataset of politically relevant ethnic groups around the world from 1946–2005. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the World Bank, and the International Growth Centre and appears in outlets including World Politics, the Annual Review of Political Science, and the American Sociological Review.
James Morrow is A.F.K. Organski Collegiate Professor of World Politics and Research Professor at the Center for Political Studies, both at the University of Michigan, having also taught at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, Switzerland, Stanford University, the University of Rochester, and Michigan State University. His research addresses crisis bargaining, the causes of war, military alliances, arms races, power transition theory, links between international trade and conflict, the role of international institutions, international law, and domestic politics and foreign policy. He is the author of Order within Anarchy, Game Theory for Political Scientists, co-author of The Logic of Political Survival, and author of over thirty articles in refereed journals and another thirty other publications. James is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He received the Karl Deutsch Award from the International Studies Association in 1994. He was President of the Peace Science Society in 2008-2009 and has held fellowships from the Social Science Research Council and the Hoover Institution.
Ragnhild Nordas is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan as well as Senior Researcher at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO). She studies the causes, dynamics and aftereffects of sexual violence (associated with the Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict or SVAC dataset); religion, climate, and demography as it influences conflict; human rights violation/repression; and, civil war. Her work has been published in the American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Peace Research, Journal of Conflict Resolution, International Studies Quarterly and Political Geography. Ragnhild has received research grants from the National Science Foundation in the US; the Research Council of Norway and the Norwegian Foreign Ministry in Norway; and, Folke Bernadotte Academy in Sweden. She also held a Predoctoral Fellowship in the Belfer Center at Harvard Kennedy School and a Visiting Fellowship at the Kroc Institute, University of Notre Dame.
Iain Osgood is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan. He studies international political economy and international relations, with a focus on firms and the politics of trade. His research explores the politics of trade liberalization in industries characterized by firm heterogeneity and global supply chains, as well as the relationship between globalization and discriminatory institutions. His PhD is from Harvard University's Department of Government.
Scott Tyson is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan. Scott's research focuses on formal political theory, political economy, authoritarian politics, and collective action. Specifically, the main line of his research studies the relationship between different coordination problems that share some common element, thereby isolating the role of factions in collective action. His previous research has focused on studying the conflict dynamic between two imperfectly coordinated groups to understand how the two coordination problems are interrelated, and hence, study strategic feedback that results through conflict. Scott also studies issues of political accountability in non-democratic environments, where government officials are sanctioned by non-electoral institutions.
Graduate Student Participants from University of Michigan, Political Science
Adrian Arellano is a PhD student at the University of Michigan whose broad interests include rebel groups fragmentation, dynamic interaction between dissident groups and the state during conflict and peace, and political violence. He is interested in rebel group fragmentation during conflict from an organizational and selective theory perceptive. By focusing on the institutional structure of rebel groups he hopes to understand different observable behaviors such as splintering, varying degrees of political violence, and rebel on rebel violence. You can reach him at email@example.com.
Meredith Blank is a doctoral candidate at University of Michigan’s Department of Political Science. Her work examines the relationship between security forces, civil conflict and repression. Her dissertation, “Managing with Militias,” shows how modern governments organize their security apparatus during internal conflict and, once formed, how this apparatus impacts human rights and the resumption of violence within the state. She has won numerous awards and external funding for her research on internal security forces and repression, including the 2015 Pre-Doctoral Research Fellowship from The George Washington University and the 2014 Graduate Fund for Research on Humanitarianism from University of Michigan. Her authored and co-authored articles on the topic include “Managing with Militias: State Formation, War, and Government Sponsorship of Militias” and “Deadly, Destructive and Decentralized: Security Organizations and State Repression.” She has presented her work at both government and academic conferences. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Peter Carroll is a PhD student in the Political Science department at the University of Michigan. Peter studies the political economy of development in Africa, including why and how partial democracies use “carrots and sticks”—including, democratic concessions, goods provision, and targeted coercion—to seek legitimacy and maintain control. He has conducted field work in Uganda, including work on several field experiments. His current work in Uganda focuses on the political logic of the provision of water and schools in a competitive authoritarian context. You can reach him at email@example.com.
Charles Crabtree is a PhD student in the Department of Political Science at the University of Michigan. He is interested in censorship and propaganda, authoritarian regimes, human rights, and post-Soviet politics. Methodologically, he is interested in research design, causal inference, experiments (field, survey, lab), and GIS. His research has been published or is forthcoming at the British Journal of Political Science, Electoral Studies, International Studies Quarterly, the Journal of Experimental Political Science, the Journal of Peace Research, Personality and Individual Differences, PLOS ONE, Research & Politics, and Sociological Science. More information on his background and research can be found on his website (charlescrabtree.com). You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kevin Cope is a PhD pre-candidate in political science and Michigan Grotius Research Scholar. In 2016 he will begin a position at the University of Virginia as a Research Assistant Professor of Law. His primary research interests involve the intersection of international relations and international law, in particular, how institutions shape cooperation and conflict among states. He is especially interested in relationships between domestic institutional structure and international behavior. His scholarship has appeared in several academic journals, and in books published by Oxford University Press, Brill, Edward Elgar, Cambridge University Press, and others. Kevin has served as a federal judicial clerk three times, and, as an attorney, he handled trial and appellate actions involving the World Bank, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the U.S. Constitution, and the Convention Against Torture. In law school, he served as an editor of the Northwestern University Law Review. You can reach him at email@example.com; his personal webpage is www.kevinlcope.com.
Sasha de Vogel is a PhD student in Political Science at the University of Michigan. Sasha’s research in comparative politics focuses on the dynamics of authoritarian regimes. She examines the relationship between mass mobilization, state repression, and institutional reform. Her previous work assessed the underlying causes of Russia’s 2011-2012 election protests, specifically the emergence of new political entrepreneurs and the political opinions of the middle class. She holds an MA in Russian, Eastern European and Eurasia Regional Studies and a BA in Slavic Studies from Columbia University. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dustin Gamza is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Political Science. His dissertation examines the effects of religious regulation as repression and subsidy on national and religious identity, politicization, and extremism. Dustin also studies how religious identity may be utilized by elites during civil conflict to decrease defection and increase violence. His research is focused on Central Asia and the post-Soviet space. In 2015, Dustin was a Visiting Scholar at the Central Asian Studies Institute of the American University of Central Asia in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, where he spent 6 months conducting fieldwork. Dustin has received a number of awards to fund his work, including in 2015 the Boren Fellowship; a Doctoral Fellowship from the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University; and funding from the Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies.He has presented his research at conferences in the United States and abroad. Dustin received his BA from Duke University. You can reach Dustin at email@example.com.
Deanna Kolberg is a PhD student in Political Science at the University of Michigan interested in security institutions and issues relating to geopolitics. Her current research focuses on the patron-client relationship between states and it's effects on trade and conflict. She has a geographic focus on East and Central Asia. Deanna previously earned a Fulbright fellowship for work in Korea and received her BA in Political Science and Chinese from the University of Notre Dame. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nadiya Kostyuk is a PhD student in Political Science and Public Policy at the University of Michigan with a research interest in security issues and the cyber dimension of international conflict. Her current research explores the relationship between kinetic and cyber operations, the peculiarities of hacker-government relationships, and looks at the issues of internet governance. You can reach her at email@example.com.
Todd Lehmann is a PhD student in Political Science at the University of Michigan with interests in international conflict and security issues. His current research explores topics including the evolution of international security regimes, battlefield dynamics, and the impact of political-military institutions on conflict dynamics and decision-making. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blake Miller studies media in authoritarian regimes, electoral authoritarianism, and Chinese politics. He is also interested in applications of machine learning and natural language processing methods to political science. He holds a BA from Stanford University in Political Science and worked as a software engineer for several years before coming to Michigan.
Tom O'Mealia is a PhD student in Political Science at the University of Michigan. His research spans international relations and comparative politics. He studies the internal security apparatus, civil-military relations, and political violence in the Central and East African contexts. Tom has conducted field research in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Kenya. You can find his webpage here and email him at email@example.com.
Anita Ravishankar is a PhD candidate 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.
Laura Seago is a PhD student at the University of Michigan studying world politics and public policy. Laura's research lies at the nexus of political economy and conflict studies, where she focuses on the effect of multinational corporations on human rights outcomes in the developing world. She is especially interested in the potentially perverse effect of "corporate social responsibility" on the behavior of states and domestic firms. Before coming to Michigan, Laura worked for Latinos Progresando in Chicago and The Brennan Center for Justice at the NYU School of Law, and earned her BA from the University of Chicago. She is a recipient of the 2011 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.
Jessica Sun is a PhD student in Political Science at the University of Michigan interested in civil conflicts and security institutions. Her current research focuses on mass violence tactics and the role of the state security sector in conflict termination and recurrence. Jessica has previously done research on lobbying and advocacy in the United States and received her BA in Political Science from Duke University. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Roya Talibova is a dual degree PhD student in Political Science and Statistics at the University of Michigan interested in dynamics of conflicts and political violence. Her current research interests lie at the intersection of ethnically and religiously motivated civil wars and terrorism. Roya holds an MPA degree from Harvard University and MA in International Relations from Seton Hall University. She has her undergraduate degree in International Relations from the Azerbaijan State University of Foreign Languages. Roya is currently a fellow of the Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies at the International Institute. You can reach her at email@example.com.
Priyamvada Trivedi is a PhD candidate at the University of Michigan. Priyam is interested in questions of order and change. Specifically, in her dissertation she is trying understand variations in levels of conformity to a social order. Specifically, how does a social order that predates the modern state manage itself when confronted with a new political order? Does the political order create a new social order by displacing the old social order? Or does the old social order and new political order make compromises such that some old ways of living are preserved and some new ways of living are introduced? If so, then whose interests are being preserved and whose are not? Or does the old simply reject the new and exert its dominance via mobilizing resources and engaging in collective action? Priyam hopes to be able to empirically explore these questions through using both qualitative and quantitative methods. Before joining the Political Science program at Michigan, Priyam was in the Sociology graduate program at Notre Dame. She has her undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Her personal webpage can be viewed here.
Carly Wayne is a PhD candidate in Political Science at the University of Michigan. Her research interests lie at the intersection of security studies, modern warfare, terrorism and the psychology of political violence. Specifically, she is interested in exploring the strategic and psychological dimensions of non-conventional warfare, terrorism in particular. The fundamental question that drives her dissertation research is: why do powerful governments react so strongly to attacks by terrorist groups that appear to pose little to no existential threat to the state? Her research integrates findings from the study of emotions and cognition with insights derived from bargaining models of war in order to elucidate the strategic interaction between terrorists and the civilian populations they target, exploring the ways in which terrorist groups attempt to strategically manipulate distinct emotional and political responses among civilian populations. Carly also studies the behavioral micro-foundations of states’ diplomatic and military policies, investigating the impact of cognitive, emotional and motivational phenomena on leaders’ crisis decision making. You can reach her at email@example.com.
Alton B.H. Worthington is a Ph.D candidate in Political Science at the University of Michigan. His primary research interests lie in international and comparative political economy, particularly the relationship between global capital and the evolution of trade protection. His other research interests include the role of electoral institutions in mass incarceration outcomes, the role of expectations and information in dissent/repression dynamics, and the intersection of economics (as cause, consequence, and means) and violence. Some of his previous projects have focused on how publics interpret fear messaging in foreign policy and combatant trauma and the long-run costs of war. He has an overarching interest in the use of formal models and game theory and issues of measurement, methodology, and research design in the social sciences. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Associated Faculty from University of Michigan
Kiyoteru Tsutsui is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Program Director of the Donia Human Rights Center at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His research examines globalization of human rights and its impact on local politics. His current research topics include global expansion of corporate social responsibility, global human rights and three minority social movements in Japan, changing discourses about the Asia-Pacific War in Japan, global evolution of transnational social movement organizations, transformation of minority rights stipulations in national constitutions, and political identity in the context of EU expansion. His past research has appeared in American Sociological Review, American Journal of Sociology, Social Forces, Social Problems, Journal of Peace Research, Journal of Conflict Resolution, and other sociology and political science journals. He has been a recipient of the SSRC/ACLS Abe Fellowship, Stanford Japan Studies Postdoctoral Fellowship, and National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship.
Associated Faculty from Other Institutions
Gary Goertz is a Professor at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame. He is the author or co-author of nine books and over 50 articles and chapters on issues of international conflict and peace, international institutions, and methodology, including "War and Peace in International Rivalry" (2000), "International Norms and Decisionmaking: A Punctuated Equilibrium Model" (2004), "Social Science Concepts: A User's Guide" (2006), "A Tale of Two Cultures: Qualitative and Quantitative Research in the Social Sciences" (2012). His current activities include the Causes of Peace project which explores the rise of interstate peace since 1900. The first volume of that project The Puzzle of Peace: Explaining the Rise of Peace in the International System (with Paul Diehl and Alex Balas) has just been published by Oxford University Press (March 2016).
Erik Melander is a Professor at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research and Director of the Uppsala Conflict Data Program, Uppsala University. He is also Adjunct Research Professor at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, Notre Dame University. His articles have been published in journals such as Conflict Management and Peace Science, European Journal of International Relations, International Interactions, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Cold War Studies, Journal of Conflict resolution, Journal of Gender Studies, and Journal of Peace Research. He has experience from field-work in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Russia, South Africa, Thailand and the Yugoslav Federation. In 1996 he served as 2nd lieutenant with the Swedish peacekeeping forces in Bosnia-Hercegovina.
Professor Peter Wallensteen is Senior Professor of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden (since 2012) and the Richard G. Starmann Sr. Research Professor at the Kroc Institute, University of Notre Dame, USA (since 2006). Peter led the Department of Peace and Conflict Research at Uppsala University 1972-1999 and held the Dag Hammarskjöld Chair 1985-2012. He directed the Uppsala Conflict Data Program (UCDP) until July 31, 2015. UCDP publishes freely available information on global conflict, even as an app for smart phones. Peter's most recent book is Quality Peace: Peacebuilding, Victory and World Order (Oxford University Press 2015). Together with Swedish diplomat Anders Burner, he published Regional Organizations and Peacemaking: Challengers to the UN? (London: Routledge) in 2014, with contributions by practitioners as well as researchers. Peter's Understanding Conflict Resolution (Fourth Edition, Sage 2015) is being used worldwide, and has been translated into Arabic and Korean. Peace Research: Theory and Practice (Routledge 2011) holds a collection of his writings and has just been translated into Chinese. With Isak Svensson Peter published The Go-Between. Jan Eliasson and Styles of Mediation (USIP Press 2010). He is presently working on mediation issues with Professor Isak Svensson focusing Nordic mediators. A manuscript (in Swedish) has recently been sent to the publisher. The book on quality peace is part of a project at the Kroc Institute and Peter is working on an edited volume of case studies on this topic, together with Dr. Madhav Joshi. He has also written extensively on causes of war, peace issues, sanctions, UN affairs and global governance.
Alumni of CPRD
Allan Stam is the Dean of the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at the University of Virginia. Previously he was Director of the International Policy Center at the Gerald R Ford School of Public Policy and Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan. Allan's research focuses on the dynamics of armed conflict between and within states. His work on war outcomes, war durations, mediation, and alliance politics appears in numerous political science journals including the American Political Science Review, International Security, and the British Journal of Political Science. Allan has received several grants supporting his work, including five from the National Science Foundation. His books include Win Lose or Draw (University of Michigan Press, 1996) and Democracies at War (Princeton University Press, 2002), The Behavioral Origins of War (University of Michigan Press, 2004) and Why Leaders Fight (Cambridge University Press, 2015). He is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations and in 2007 he was a Residential Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University and was the recipient of the 2004 Karl Deutsch award. Allan has worked on several consulting projects for the Department of Defense and the US Navy’s Joint Warfare Analysis Center. His current projects include developing a GIS model of the 1994 Rwandan genocide and modeling the effects of national leaders’ military training and combat trauma on their country’s propensity to engage military conflict.
Christopher Sullivan is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Louisiana State University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 2014. Christopher's research and teaching interests focus on human rights and political violence. His current work examines the intersection of state repression and civil conflict in Guatemala, Northern Ireland, and the United States. Recent publications have appeared in The Journal of Politics, The Journal of Conflict Resolution, The Journal of Peace Research, International Interactions, and Conflict Management and Peace Science. Christopher can be reached at email@example.com.
Gary Uzonyi is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science at Duke University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 2013. Gary’s research and teaching interests focus on conflict and human rights. His current work examines genocide and politicide. Recent publications have appeared in Journal of Peace Research, International Studies Quarterly, Conflict Management and Peace Science, International Interactions, and Political Studies. For more information, please refer to his webpage.