Networks, Causal Inference, and Political Violence

Greetings! I am a sixth-year doctoral student and political science job market candidate at the Network Science Institute at Northeastern University studying complex networks, ethnic conflict, and civil war. I am also a fellow at the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation. Prior to this year, I served as a data science instructor at the New College of the Humanities in London and a fellow at the Post-Conflict Research Center in Sarajevo. My three-paper dissertation examines 1) the role of cross-ethnic social networks in promoting wartime rescue and assistance in Bosnia (download), 2) the impact of road networks on civil war onset in Africa, and 3) the effects of terrorism on immigration attitudes in the U.S. My newest line of research looks at the political dimensions of COVID-19 and mass protest in 2020.

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

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