Networks, Causal Inference, and Civil Conflict

Greetings! I am a political science job market candidate and doctoral student 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) the impact of road networks and rainfall on civil conflict in Africa, and 3) new methods for inferring the causal impact of spillover effects. My newest line of research looks at the network dimensions of Black Lives Matter protests and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Photo: Sarajevo at twilight (taken during my fieldwork in 2018-9)

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