People

Investigators

Walsh Bio PhotoJames Igoe Walsh

James Igoe Walsh is Professor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. His research interests include armed conflict and civil wars and international security cooperation and conflict. His work has been published by Columbia University Press, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, International Studies Quarterly, and other outlets. He serves as Lead Principal Investigator on the Minerva Research Initiative grant supporting the Resources and Conflict project.

 

Conrad Bio PhotoJustin Conrad

Justin Conrad is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. His research interests include international security, terrorism, and interstate conflict. His research has been published in leading academic journals, including the International Organization, the Journal of Politics and the British Journal of Political Science.

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Thill Bio PhotoJean-Claude Thill

Jean-Claude Thill is Knight Foundation Distinguished Professor of Geography and Director of Project Mosaic at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. His research interests include spatial knowledge discovery and transportation and mobility systems. His recent publications have been in Computers, Environment and Urban Systems, Journal of Transport Geography, and Journal of Urban Affairs.

 

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Beth Elise Whitaker

Beth Elise Whitaker is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Her research examines migration and security issues in Africa.  Her articles appear in Commonwealth & Comparative Politics, African Studies Review, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies,International Migration Review, International Affairs, Third World Quarterly, and Journal of Refugee Studies, among others.

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Victor Asal

Victor Asal is Associate Professor of Political Science at SUNY Albany as well as the Chair of the Public Administration Department. His research focuses on the choice of violence by nonstate organizational actors as well as the causes of political discrimination by states against sexual minorities, women ,and ethnic groups. His recent publications can be found in the Journal of PoliticsJournal of Conflict Resolution, International Interactions, and Studies in Terrorism and Conflict.

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Michael Findley

Michael Findley is Associate Professor at the University of Texas at Austin in the Department of Government and the LBJ School of Public Affairs. He conducts research on civil wars, terrorism, and international development. He has been published by Cambridge University Press, Comparative Political Studies, and  American Journal of Political Science.

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Piazza Bio PhotoJames A. Piazza

James A. Piazza is Professor in the Department of Political Science at The Pennsylvania State University. His research interests include socioeconomic roots of terrorism, international security, and political violence. He has been published in a variety of journals including American Journal of Political Science, International Studies Quarterly, and the Journal of Conflict Resolution.

Collaborators

Emma Leonard Boyle

Emma Leonard Boyle is pursuing a Ph.D. in political science and African Studies at The Pennsylvania State University. Her research interests include political violence and terrorism, civil wars, and African Politics. Her work has appeared in Terrorism and Political Violence and Perspectives on Terrorism.

 

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Philip Schrodt is Senior Research Scientist at the statistical consulting firm Parus Analytics. His research focuses on quantitative models of political conflict and computational political methodology. His work has appeared in the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, Political Analysis, and other journals.

 

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Daniel Strandow

Daniel Strandow holds a Ph.D from the Department of Peace and Conflict Research at Uppsala University. His research interests include the influence of third parties on outcomes of conflicts, primarily through international aid and sanctions.

 

Uzonyi Bio PhotoGary Uzonyi

Gary Uzonyi is Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science at Duke University. His research explores how uncertainty influences domestic and international political violence. His work has been published in Conflict Management and Peace Science, Political Studies, and Journal of Peace Research.

 

Students

Greene Bio PhotoKevin Greene

Kevin Greene is pursuing a Ph.D in Political Science at Michigan State University.  His research interests are in International Relations, political violence, intrastate conflict, and international security.  More specifically, he is interested in why non-state actors use violence, how non-state actors fund their operations, and the nexus between intrastate and interstate conflict.

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAndrew Halterman

Andrew Halterman is pursuing a Ph.D in Comparative Politics and Political Methodology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research interests include developing new methods for automated text analysis and forecasting political events, specifically relating to political violence and civil war.

 

Katelin_Hudak_PPOLKatelin Hudak

Katelin Hudak is pursuing a Ph.D in Public Policy at UNC Charlotte. Her research interests include food and nutrition policy, and global health.

 

 

Scott Piazza

Scott is a Ph.D candidate in International Relations at the Pennsylvania State University. Scott’s research focuses primarily on the behavior of terrorists and terrorist groups, particularly in how terrorist groups react to counterterrorism efforts, and work to make themselves more durable in the face of government intervention.

 

RanTaoRan Tao

Ran Tao is pursuing a Ph.D. in Geography & Urban Regional Analysis at University of North Carolina at Charlotte. His research interests include Geographic Information System & Science, spatial statistics, and spatial data mining. More specifically, he develops innovative spatial analysis methods to solve various questions in fields like transportation, crime, and violent conflicts. His work has appeared in Transactions in GIS, Geographical Analysis, and Information Fusion and Geographic Information Systems.

Wilmer Bio PhotoSam Wilmer

Sam Wilmer is pursuing a Ph.D in political science at The Pennsylvania State University. His research interests include natural resources and conflict, third party interventions in conflict, and revolutions.