I am a political science postdoc at the University of Pennsylvania in the Penn Identity & Conflict Lab under Dr. Nicholas Sambanis (2021-2). I obtained my Ph.D. in network science from Northeastern University, where I was a Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation Dissertation Fellow.

My three-part disseration uses surveys, interviews, and mathematics to examine:

  1. The impact of interethnic friendships on wartime rescuing in Bosnia

  2. Network dimensions of Black Lives Matter protests

  3. New approaches to causal inference in networks

My public-facing research on COVID-19 looks at the pandemic's impact on gun purchaseselectoral violence, and vaccine hesitancy among parents and has been covered by The New York Times, The Boston Globe, CBS, and NPR.  For questions or press inquiries, email me at msimonso@sas.upenn.edu


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