Networks, Causal Inference, and Civil Conflict

Greetings! I am a doctoral candidate in networks science at Northeastern University and a fellow at the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation. My three-paper dissertation examines 1) the role of cross-ethnic social ties in promoting wartime rescue and assistance in Bosnia, 2) network dimensions of Black Lives Matter protests, and 3) new methods for inferring the causal impact of spillover effects. My latest research looks at the impact of COVID-19 on gun purchases and support for electoral violence in the U.S., as well as vaccine hesitancy among parents (see coverage in The New York Times and interviews on CBS and NPR). I will be a political science postdoctoral fellow at the Penn Identity & Conflict Lab beginning this fall.

Photo: Sarajevo, Bosnia taken during my 2018-9 fieldwork

Email: simonson.m [at] northeastern [dot] edu