Team

Conveners

cyrusCyrus Samii is an Assistant Professor at the Wilf Family Department of Politics, New York University.  He writes and teaches on quantitative social science methodology as applied to the analysis of conflict, governance, and development.  His substantive research has looked at war-to-peace transitions, including studies of combatant reintegration, transitional justice interventions, army reform, community security programs, and post-conflict economic development.  He also researches policies that address legacies of ethnic exclusion, including quotas and affirmative action.  He has conducted field research in Burundi, Cote d’Ivoire, Indonesia, Liberia, and Nepal.   He holds a PhD and MA from Columbia University and a BA from Tufts University.

renardRenard Sexton is a Ph.D. candidate at the Wilf Family Department of Politics, New York University. He has worked and written for the United Nations, NGOs and for journalistic publications, having lived and worked on five continents. Renard has contributed to the New York Times’ blog FiveThirtyEight, the Guardian (UK), the Independent (UK), Foreign Policy (US), Humanitaires en mouvement (France) as well as numerous U.N. reports, projects and documents. He has lived for extended periods in Afghanistan, Ecuador, Switzerland and the US, having also done substantial fieldwork in Sierra Leone, Jamaica, Haiti and India.

HoracioHoracio Larreguy is an Assistant Professor of Government at Harvard University. He received a PhD in Economics from MIT in 2013, Master in Economics and Finance from CEMFI in 2007 and BA in Economics from the University of Buenos Aires in 2004. His research interests include political economy and economic development using both theory, observational data and experiments. Horacio is currently working on new projects on political accountability in Africa and Latin America.

guyGuy Grossman is an assistant professor in the political science department at the University of Pennsylvania.  He specializes in comparative politics, with a regional focus on Africa and the Middle East. In his work, he applies a variety of methods, including field and lab experiments and social network analysis, to study political behavior and political economy of development more generally. His most recent work explores the relationship between governance institutions and the provision of public goods and the extent to which information technology innovations can increase political accountability in low-income countries. He is also involved in a study exploring the political legacies of combat exposure among Israeli former IDF soldiers.

jnsJacob N. Shapiro is Associate Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University and co-directs the Empirical Studies of Conflict Project. His active research projects study political violence, economic and political development in conflict zones, security policy, and urban conflict. Shapiro is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, an Associate Editor of World Politics, a Faculty Fellow of the Association for Analytic Learning about Islam and Muslim Societies (AALIMS), a Research Fellow at the Center for Economic Research in Pakistan (CERP), an Associate Fellow of the Institute of Development and Economic Alternatives (IDEAS), and served in the U.S. Navy and Naval Reserve.

John Marshall is an Assistant Professor in the Columbia University Department of Political Science. His research lies at the intersection of political economy and comparative politics, and spans elections in developing and developed contexts. In particular, he studies how news consumption, levels of education, and social networks influence how voters hold politicians to account for their performance in office. As well as bottom-up voter behavior, he also examines how politicians communicate their platforms and how information shapes their electoral strategies and when media outlets choose to report political news. To analyze these questions, he combines quasi-experimental and experimental designs with theoretical models to identify and interpret causal relationships.

Dorothy Kronick is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania, where she studies Latin American political economy. Dorothy completed her PhD at Stanford University in 2016. Prior to her doctoral studies at Stanford, Dorothy lived in Caracas, Venezuela, as a Fulbright Scholar. Her writing on Venezuelan politics has been published in The New York Times, FiveThirtyEight, The New Republic, the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage, Prodavinci, and Caracas Chronicles, among other outlets.

Laura Paler is an Assistant Professor in the political science department at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research examines how different sources of revenue (natural resource rents, foreign aid, and taxes) affect political behavior and development. She also studies post-conflict reintegration and, most recently, how cross-cutting economic and identity cleavages affect ethnic politics and conflict. She has conducted research in Indonesia, Colombia, Lebanon, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Laura received her Ph.D. from Columbia University. She is also currently a non-resident fellow at the Center for Global Development in Washington, D.C.

Emeritus Conveners

saad_gulzar.jpgSaad Gulzar is a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Political Science at New York University. He specializes in political economy of development, and comparative politics. His research uses field experiments and observational data and is based in Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and India. Before starting graduate school, Saad was an economist at the International Growth Center – Pakistan.

NEWEPS-9 Host Team at Princeton University

Elsa Voytas is a PhD candidate at Princeton University. Elsa studies comparative politics. She researches conflict resolution and transitional justice, focusing on the effects of different policies in Africa and Latin America. Previously, Elsa worked as a consultant with the federal government at Booz Allen Hamilton.

Patrick Signoret is a PhD candidate in Politics at Princeton University. His research interests include public security, organized crime, and the political economy of development. Patrick’s dissertation is on the onset and termination of large-scale criminal violence. He holds BAs in political science and economics from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM).

Ben Crisman is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Politics at Princeton University. His research interests include the political economy of development and sub-national conflict. Prior to starting at Princeton, he worked as a research assistant at the Empirical Studies of Conflict (ESOC) project and at the Center for Global Development. Ben holds an MSc in Development Economics from the University of East Anglia and an AB in Economics and International and Area Studies from Washington University in St. Louis.

And Jake Shapiro

NEWEPS-8 Host Team at Columbia University

Tara Slough is a Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science at Columbia University, where she studies comparative politics, quantitative methods, and political economy (formal theory). She writes on the political economy of development. Her dissertation focuses on the distributive politics of the public sector with applications to low- and middle-income democracies. Tara has conducted fieldwork in Argentina, Colombia, Haiti, Malawi, Nigeria, and Venezuela. Her work is supported by a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. She earned both a BM in Violin Performance and a BA in Political Science from Rice University.

And John Marshall

NEWEPS-7 Host Team at New York University

hanna.jpgHanna Niczyporuk is a Ph.D. candidate at the Wilf Family Department of Politics, New York University.  She specializes in political economy, with a particular focus on interactions between business and politics and the provision of public services. Hanna holds a Master in Economics from Barcelona Graduate School of Economics (Pompeu Fabra) and a BA in Economics from University College London. Before starting graduate school, Hanna worked as an economist for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the UK Government Economic Service.

Antonella Bandiera is a Ph.D student at the Wilf Family Department of dscn0062-copyPolitics, New York University. She specializes in political economy of development, and comparative politics, with a regional focus in Latin America. She holds a BA in Political Science from University of San Andres (Buenos Aires). Antonella is currently working on projects on land conflict, economic, and violent non-state actors in Colombia and Peru.

And Cyrus Samii

NEWEPS-6 Host Team at Harvard University

photo.jpgShelley Liu is a PhD student in comparative politics at the Harvard Department of Government. Her research interests focus on rebel strategies during civil war and transitioning into civilian politics, with a regional focus on Sub-Saharan Africa. Shelley holds a BA in political science from Columbia University.

Horacio Larreguy, Jake Shapiro, and John Marshall

NEWEPS-5 Host Team at New York University

Cyrus Samii, Guy Grossman, Saad Gulzar, and Renard Sexton

NEWEPS-4 Host Team at Princeton University

AustinLWrightAustin is a PhD candidate in the Department of Politics at Princeton University and an affiliate of the Empirical Studies of Conflict Project. He is primarily interested in terrorism, civil war and international political economy. The final chapter of his dissertation focuses on economic development and rebel tactics in Colombia, Pakistan and the Philippines. His research is supported by the National Science Foundation.

Jake Shapiro and Guy Grossman

NEWEPS-3 Host Team at New York University

Cyrus Samii, Horacio Larreguy, Saad Gulzar, and Renard Sexton

NEWEPS-2 Host Team at the University of Pennsylvania

eperkoski_photoEvan Perkoski is PhD candidate in political science at the University of Pennsylvania. His work primarily focuses on subnational conflict and the development, interaction, and organizational dynamics of violent non-state actors. Evan has also written about political methodology and with support from the START Center he researched quantitative methods to compare the efficacy of various counterterrorist policies. Evan received his BA from Wesleyan University. 

jeremyJeremy Springman is a PhD student in comparative politics at the University of Pennsylvania Department of Political Science. His areas of focus are political economy and governance with an interest in institutional approaches. Jeremy received an interdisciplinary degree with requirements in philosophy, political science, and economics from the University of Pittsburgh Honors College.

And Guy Grossman

NEWEPS-1 Host Team

Cyrus Samii, Saad Gulzar, and Renard Sexton

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